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Alison and her mother always...

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Alison and her mother always seemed to be at odds, never quite getting along, not agreeing on much of anything. Every December, her mother would spend a day baking a variety of Christmas cookies. The family would enjoy some of the cookies while others were given to neighbors, coworkers, and friends from church.

Something prompted Alison to ask her mother if she could help with making the cookies. Her request caught her mother by surprise, but she readily agreed. It was just the two of them as they baked, decorated, and frosted cookies all afternoon. As they were hand

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