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A visit to WV’s ‘Quiet Zone’ made this mom a more present parent



We started the summer by taking a trip to the "Quiet Zone." After a month of shift work, elusive toddler fevers, and canine diarrhea, my husband rented a cabin in Watoga State Park, West Virginia, for a getaway. We'd boat, fish, and swim in the lake. After, we'd hike trails through the Allegheny Mountains with our two young sons.
Upon our arrival at the park, I saw a message on my phone: A friend had just given birth to a baby girl. I typed my congratulations. Upon pressing "send," I received a notification: "Message failed to deliver."
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