My niece from quite a few years ago at my Dad’s birthday party. (top)
…and Easter a few months later …
These are my two favourite photos of her at that age that I shot (Canons rock). She has a tendency, when she sees a camera, to stop and start posing, so catching her candidly is incredibly difficult, but she’s so animated that, when you do catch her, it’s gold.
Also, these two are reversed on which you think would have been the candid and which wasn’t. The cake photo was posed, the Easter one was not.
She’s 10 today and the reverse of me, as far as school. She doesn’t do reading and writing very well (she has a palsy condition with her eyes that is very rare), but loves science and math. (I did well in science and math, but am much better at reading / writing / history.)
Trying to encourage my sister to actively seek out a woman that is an engineer that can mentor her - start now. I would very much like for my niece to be one of those women that kicks ass in science, because she’s got that kind of a brain. She’s buit that way, geared that way. She helps her dad all the time, loves her tool box as much or more than her nail polish box and just wants to know how everything works… including the car. Bright doesn’t even beging to describe it. Nor does curious. She’s just a sponge of light and questions that will exhaust you, but you answer them, because you don’t want to discourage her.
She’s amazing. Trying to brace myself for the onslaught of hormones that are just beginning, but amazing. And precious. And light.