I have a beautiful 12-year old niece, Danielle. She's my sister Regina's daughter. I have moved around so much that I've missed the births of most of the babies born in our family, except Danielle. We lived in Missouri for several years and lived there at the time of her birth. I remember Regina's doctor arriving at the hospital just in time to catch her because he'd been at the homecoming football game that evening. I remember waiting in the waiting room for what seemed an eternity until someone came to get me and I got to hold her for the first time and what a beautiful baby she was. Marty and I bonded with Danielle in a way that we hadn't the opportunity to bond with any other nieces and nephews at that time.
When Danielle was older for some reason I began calling her my "Danie the Pooh." I always had a great time spoiling her on her birthdays when we lived nearby.
Now when Danielle and I talk on the phone she has taught me a new game and we try to be the first to say, "I love you more than most of all, forever and always....." aaaggghhh I can't remember the rest!!! Now I know it's been too long since I've talked to her! :0)
Recently Regina told me she bought Danielle her first formal for a banquet at school. Mom sent pictures last week and they are gorgeous!
I tease Regina that although her daughter looks just like her, she's much more like me. In the same way, Heather looks like me, but acts more like Regina than me.