To my sweet daughter, Julia:

I love you more than applesauce, than peaches and a plum,
Than chocolate hearts and cherry tarts and berry bubble-gum.

I love you more than lemonade and seven-layer cake,
Than lollipops and candy drops and a thick vanilla shake.

I love you more than marzipan and honey on toast;
For I love pies, of any size, but I love you the most.

Happy Valentine's Day, Julia!

Love, Mom

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