She was our firstborn and was such an easy baby. She slept well, ate well, and was an adaptable, happy-go-lucky baby. She seemed to have a sense of knowing just what she needed to do to get along in every situation. An outstanding traveler, she easily adjusted to changing meal time and sleep time. She smiled a lot and made me smile a lot as well. I never dreamed having a baby would be so satisfying and fun.
On a trip when she was four, she asked if the people we were visiting had any children. I responded that yes, they had children but they were all grown up now. She pondered that for a moment and said, "If they are grown up, they aren't children then, are they?"
This Polaroid snapshot shows our little family so many years ago. My daughter was soon to have a sibling (a baby brother), so her days as an only child were numbered.
Now our daughter is an adult and we are good friends. We like the same movies and read the same books. We have similar attitudes about politics, human nature, and the environment. We stayed up late every night drinking wine and talking, occasionally watching Miss Marple or Sherlock Holmes.
Every day we took a trip to a different destination. The weather was cooperative for the most part. Our daughter loves the North Carolina mountains almost as much as we do.
On this particular day, we went to Chimney Rock. This is not an aerial photograph...I actually climbed this high above the rock formation to get the shot.
Both of the dogs were excited to have yet another person around who would stroke and pet them and cater to their every need. The morning after she left, they hung around the door to the guest bedroom waiting for her to come out. They were disappointed to find she wasn't there. So was I. It was a wonderful visit.