This week’s photo challenge is GROWTH.
To tell you the truth, I didn’t have to struggle with the theme this time around, as I’ve been waiting for just such an opportunity to dote a little bit on my first and only granddaughter, Maddalena “Maddie” Grace.
Like her granddad, Maddie’s a Leo, too, and she’s been roaring ever since she said her first “hello” last year on July 23rd.
She was born in Rome, Italy – mom’s American, dad’s Italian – and Maddie already has a pretty good handle on what it means to be bi-lingual: “One, two, free…Uno, duo, tway.”
I live in Vicenza, about 325-miles north of Rome, so when I visit, about once a month, I immediately see the physical and personality changes from the previous visit as soon as I lay my eyes on Baby Maddie.
The family, to a person, agrees that Maddie is already a “people person.” With an incredible curiosity for everything around her, she has an uncanny ability to lock eyes with total strangers, hold them in a trance, and beckon them to come closer to find out who she is.
It sure is a joy for me watching my granddaughter’s healthy and happy progress. I can only imagine how much fun it must be for her, growing up Maddie.
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