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The (Long Overdue) Hardest Decision of our Lives

Legend has it that in the year of 1284, the Pied Piper of Hamelin lured 130 of the town’s children to an unknown fate, in an act of revenge against the Mayor, by seducing them to follow music from a magical pipe – the same pipe previously used to save the town from an infestation of rats.  A job he was never paid for. Unlike most classical fairytales, this sinister story does not have a happy-ever-after ending.  Depending on what version you read, the Pied Piper either led the children to a river where they met their watery deaths or merrily enticed them to a mountain where they were swallowed by a promised land.  Either way, they were never seen again. Reportedly, only three children remained.  One child was lame, and could not keep up.  Another was deaf and could not hear the music, while the third child was blind and could not see where he was going.  Ultimately, their ailments saved them. Now, leap forward to 2017 and imagine this legend, not as a whimsical tale, but as a modern stor…

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