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There is a woman who works
  an unimaginable day in
  Shenzhen. She makes sure
  certain components meet
  specific standards before
  moving them down the line.

Her hands have touched millions of
  individual inspection items,
  including the two over which
  a college student in
  Columbia, South Carolina
  lets her mother know via text that
  she won’t be coming home for
  the summer.

Her mother, who lives in
  Bradley, Wisconsin,
  is watching “This Is Us” on
  an Apple TV device that also contains
  components the Shenzhen woman inspected.

And she looks sadly over at
  an old red lion marionette that
  her late husband bought her daughter years ago,
  and wonders if that daughter will ever care
  about these little things anymore;
  this puppet made twenty years ago,

  another one of the components of life that
  we choose to either push on down the line

  or

  reject,