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Written 2/23/94. You were born 9 days ago. I had to start writing again by focusing on your arrival, which funny enough wasn't on my list. As I write, you lay sleeping in the big family bed next to your mother, snuggled between her breast and arm. We have cautiously been warned that by letting our big bed be your bed too, we could be spoiling you, but it's just the opposite. It is your mother and I who are spoiled. After you finish nursing, your mother watches you drift to sleep. She has often cried from sheer joy while looking at your tiny body asleep beside her. From every vantage point in our tiny home, we watch mezmorized as you sleep. How is it that we've been so blessed to have such a beautiful little companion join us?

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Lilac's Book. A book for my daughter.    By Bill Orton.

Lilac's Book has been on   HIPPYLAND LOGO   continuously since January 3, 1997.

Anyone may have a FREE copy of the entire text of Lilac's Book by going to the Download page.

Back in 1994, I wrote this book, largely in random order, as a gift for my infant daughter.   When I finished the first version of the book, I made photocopies and handed them out to anyone who was interested.   In 1996, I converted the text of the book into web format and thanks to the gracious and steadfast support from this mighty site, the book has been on Hippyland continuously since January 3, 1997.   As far as I can tell from webstats over the past few years, about 3000 people a year are visiting the page to download the full text of the book.   If just a portion of these visitors are downloading the text, then this free book is now in the hands of thousands of people.   This makes me feel that the gift is not just for Lilac, but for thousands of others, most especially for the teenagers and young adults who so often write to me trying to figure out their place in our world.

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