But that morning, for this woman, I had said, "I'll protect you." I had violated my own ritual observance of meticulous attention to language. What if I hadn't been able to protect her? What if some problem or other among all her medical issues had taken a turn toward disaster, and what if I hadn't been able to keep her safe? I never take those possibilities for granted.
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