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I back away from the A good day starts with coffee hummingbird shirt also I will do this door and return to the sidewalk, which seems to calm her slightly. Her screams eventually turn to sobs, but as I start toward the door she begins flailing in my arms again. I back away and begin to walk in long, slow circles across the lawn, in and out of the floodlight.