This one hasn't asked anything to me yet, but...it's only a short time before she does...and I don't know if I am strong enough to tell her, "No, you cannot have that teddy bear!" Or even, "No, you cannot borrow my keys and take the car." Well, are you? Look at that face!
...And this lovely young girl is my oldest niece. She is a wonderful young lady. She continues to grow up before my eyes. I cannot believe how mature she is! And, SMART!? Yeah, she's got a way about her that makes it difficult to tell her no. And the thing is she is so generous. She is so...well, she is awesome. When she was up here at the parade, they threw candy to the kids. She was generous enough to make sure others got some. She is sharp, too. When she asked a question and Uncle Jim answers...she is all over the fact that her uncle is completely full of crap! She will look me in the eye and squint one eye and say, "You're teasing me, Uncle Jim." and she is usually completely right. She is just a terrific young lady.
...and when she asked me to draw her a horse...who was I to say no?