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Guest columnist Kevin Smith, left, prepares to bid farewell to his son, Parker, as he joins the U.S. Army.
From childhood to manhood

By Kevin Smith
Guest column

Kelly sat down on the couch, crying. She had just started the last cigarette her doctor allowed her.
“I’m pregnant.”
We weren’t married. We had been together for the better part of a year, but that’s still not married in 1998 in Matthews, N.C.

The south.