We always joked about it, wait til she's a teenager!
And now, the day is here: Sofia is Thir-TEEN!
My little, baby niece.
Can it really be true?!
She's most definitely the coolest cat I know. And I'm not just saying that because she recently wrote an essay about how much she admires me as her Aunt. Really. I've felt this way about her since she was just a tiny baby and I cut her little finger while trying to cut just her fingernail and she didn't cry. I've felt this way since we used to walk around our West Village neighborhood together and shop-owners would run outdoors to give Sofia gifts. Perfect strangers would ask to take her photo. Friends of mine, to this day, having met this dear child only once, still ask about her.
She's kind and thoughtful, a fabulous friend, she takes care of others first and is one of the most easy-going kids around. I give her parents tons of credit for raising a really beautiful human being, but it's Sofia's inner-nature that we who know her are lucky enough to catch a glimpse of time after time.
Thanks Sofia, for 13 great years.
And, Happy 13th Birthday!