Five Years til Paris…

This is Kailey. She is my niece. She turned thirteen today. Isn’t she a doll?

When she was born, I was a junior in college. My sister did not want to leave her with just anybody so I moved home. I went to class on Tuesdays and Thursdays and kept her on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Did I mention I was taking 18 hours? Or that I was 20? I’m not sure who cried more on our first day alone together. It was an interesting year. She helped me study. I taught her to dance. We watched A LOT of MTV. I hope I didn’t scar her.

wowie and kailey

She taught me a lot that year. Like that kids are a ton of work. But also that they are precious and melt your heart. She was the cutest, sweetest baby. She loved me but I loved her more. Her first word was Wowie. She gave me a nickname. We were tight like that. Still are.

My kids love her. She is one in a million. So sweet and super smart. I went to Paris when she was very small and she was upset she didn’t get to go. I promised I would take her when she turned 18. It seemed such a long time away. I sort of thought she would forget. She hasn’t. I’d better start saving my Skymiles.

kailey and wowie

Happy birthday, Kailey. Thank you for being who you are. I am so proud of you!

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  1. Wonderful! Thank you for sharing this beautiful memory. No doubt your giving in this way is an indication of your capacity for love totally evident to your family and friends!

  2. Awwww!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!