Day 7. Someone who has made your life worth living for.
This is easy. My little great niece, Brianna.
I even got to help pick out her name, as it is my favorite Irish name ever. Riley was a close second, I would have been happy with either, as she is the perfect little Irish girl. Her mother is Shannon, her father was Ryan.
I have seen this child almost every day since she was born. I remember holding her in my arms when she was a baby, and watching her bright eyes search out everything. I was holding her when she first discovered her hand. (She was startled, then delighted!) I was with her when she took her first steps.
She called me Auntie as a baby, and I loved it. She is a sweet girl, but also headstrong. She is girly girl, but also brave and fearless. And she can belt out a favorite song with the best of them! (Let it Go, anyone?) Nowadays it’s Adele, Taylor Swift…all the current pop hits.
As she has grown, I find more and more in common with her. We have the same color hair, the same color eyes, a love for music, singing and dancing. We giggle together, we tell stories together, we have sleepovers. She loves my cats. and my cats actually love her too. When I was in the nursing home for months, there are pictures of them, especially Izzy the shy one, in her arms. It amazed me.
I love her more than I could ever possibly imagine. It makes me feel guilty sometimes, as I did have 3 stepchildren at one time, but Brianna comes without drama and a mother who hated my very existence. I am allowed to love her fully. She makes me a better person.
I hope in some way I am a positive influence in her life too. She is one of my reasons for living.