You were so little and so yellow. And when one of the nurses told your Baba, "she's got a temper", Baba ripped into her with a "what do you mean?" and stuck her finger in the nurse's face. So I guess you came by it honestly.
I remember after we were finally home from the hospital, I went out by myself for the first time since you were born. I got into the van and started to drive toward the bank when I suddenly realized that I was alone and I had my bank card and a full tank of gas. I could take all the money out of the bank and just keep driving. They would never find me. But I'm glad I didn't.Besides May in London was a wonderful time and place to take long walks down to Wortley Village, stopping at the bakery and the library and the ice cream shop where they had a jar of dog biscuits and water bowls for passing dogs and the little gift shop that sold glass window hangings.
And when you got a little older we hung out at the playgrounds and made friends with the other Eva and Catherine and Mac and Margot and Marshall and Harris and Heidi and Sean. I remember arriving at the playground one time and I commented that the slide looked pretty full and you said "well, I think there's enough room for this little four-year-old".
And the bus that took us downtown was a 3-minute walk from our house, besides we could walk downtown in 40 minutes and often did, stopping at Covent Garden Market for samples of olives and feta cheese from the grumpy old Greek guys and the best frozen yogurt in the history of frozen yogurt at the Juice Bar. Oh, and do you remember the rides? 10 cents would get you about 5 minutes on the elephant or the speedboat. That speedboat ride was cool, too.
You were such a precocious little kid, with a serious expression on your face when you weren't wrinkling up your nose for the camera. I wish we had a digital camera back then so I could show pictures of the amazing ringlets you had back then. Remember when you ate that huge snail?
I loved taking you by the hand and showing you the world and I always knew that one day you would be showing the world to me. I just never dreamt it would be so soon.
Shine on, my darling. You are my world.