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Sometimes only when bonds are tested do we understand their strength. There are ties that endure for a lifetime, no matter how frayed by fate. We can walk away and pretend that we forget them–pain passes, in the end. Or, we can step into the future–blessed and stronger than before because, faced with change, our love held fast and did not break. Our lives were not severed but woven anew, and our joy not halved–but doubled.

~Call The Midwife, Season 2. Episode 3.