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At Christmas, presence matters most

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"Meet you in 45 minutes," the 16-year-old boy said, giving a wave as he disappeared into the lively Christmas throng at the suburban mall. I watched for a moment as the crowd swallowed him, and I was struck by the awareness that, to the world, he would look like just another teenage boy in jeans and a hooded sweatshirt. Whereas to me -- well, no points for guessing what a boy means to his...