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The First 1,000 Days: A Crucial Time for Mothers and Children—And the World by Roger Thurow

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chapter ten

“THIS CHILD IS BRILLIANT”

IT WAS LUNCHTIME IN UGANDA. BRENDA HAD BEEN PONDERING the menu while she swept the dirt yard of the family homestead. She didn’t go to a pantry, or open a cupboard or refrigerator, or run to a store or a fast-food restaurant. She grabbed a pan and walked five minutes to her field. She carefully stepped between some green, leafy vines and knelt on the ground. Pawing at the soil, she quickly hit pay dirt: a sweet potato, rust-colored, oblong, nearly twice the size of her hand. She carefully lifted it from the hole, dusted it off, and put it in the pan. Then she turned to another cluster of vines, dug into the soil, and pulled out another sweet potato. Then another, and another, until her pan was full. She ...

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