Today is the birthday of my first niece Laura. How old is she? She is an ageless spirit.
Laura is an awesome niece. I don't say that because she has made tons of cookies for me over the years. I don't say that because she humors me by joining in with funny characters (like her Russian lady). I don't say that because she shares goofy memes on occasion. Those are all good reasons, great reasons, in fact, but I say it because even without all that, she is awesome.
She has a huge heart. She loves animals, probably more than people, which is probably smart of her, but definitely good for the animals in her sphere.
She's funny, smart, sarcastic, stubborn (or "strong willed"), talented and more. Did I mention sarcastic? She might have a double dose of that, but it's always in great fun.
I couldn't be prouder of her. I love this kid. Yes, I now she is a fully grown woman, but still a kid to me (which either means I am old or she has retained her youthful spirit. I prefer to point to her youthful aura.
Whatever the case, I wish Laura a very happy birthday! I love you!
Nancy and Laura in Indiana-September 2021.