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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 fourteen

TURNING TWO

ON THE DAY OF HIS SECOND BIRTHDAY, RODGERS WAS UP EARLY with his mother. Under the rising sun, they walked to the family’s fields together, and by 7:30 they were digging in the dirt. Esther was on her knees, forming orange sweet-potato mounds. Rodgers was at her side, holding the vines.

It had rained overnight, a good omen for a birthday. Rodgers would be celebrated, at least on this day, as the birthday boy who brought rain and relief to a drought that had strangled many of the crops. As they picked their way along the narrow pathways between the fields, Esther and Rodgers were greeted by many of their neighbors, smallholder farmers all, who were also out early to take advantage of the moisture and work the soil. ...

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