Ten years ago, the world was blessed with a pink bundle of joy! Alayna Suzanne Parks was born. Our lives haven't been the same since.
The spring before she was born, Suz and I planted all pink flowers in honor of the first baby girl our family had. It was a great year for flowers. No drought or anything. They were beautiful, but not nearly as beautiful as she was.
I have two sons and four nephews, but only one niece. And she is like a daughter I never had. To be only ten years old, she already holds the key to so many hearts. I feel sorry for the boys she brings to Sunday night suppers. They'll be scrutinized to the hilt I'm sure.
She's kind beyond normal, sweet and thoughtful. She always has a hug and a kiss for me. And she's never too busy or too preoccupied with her friends to say hello and give me that hug and kiss. She has lots of friends and a busy social life. Very smart and disciplined, she's always the teacher's favorite. She's growing up way, way too fast. My daddy told her Sunday night that she'd need a pretty red Corvette for her 16th birthday and that he'd buy her one. She has him wrapped around every finger on her pretty little hand.
Seems like only yesterday we were on the porch at her little house in Stockbridge celebrating her first birthday.
This was when her favorite movie was Monsters Inc. She loved the character Boo. She even favored little Boo. Suz cut her hair and then she really looked like Boo.
She loved her baby dolls. Her all-time favorite doll was Corella. My heart aches when I look at these pictures of those sweet little girl cheeks.
And here's my beautiful young niece today. She looks an awful lot like her mama. But yet, she looks different to me, too. I don't see as strong a resemblance as a lot of people do. I think it's because I love them both so much and they're so individual to me.
I always say that hopefully she'll take care of me when I'm old and gray (and from the looks of me in the above picture, it might be sooner rather than later). She really is a very, very special girl.
We're celebrating her birthday tomorrow night with a trip to Stone Mountain for the laser show and a picnic. They're taking a bunch of her friends and I can't wait. I've got to get all my vacation preparations done beforehand so I can go. I wouldn't miss it for the world!
Happy 10th Birthday, NaynaPie!
Till tomorrow, LLL.