New York, April 2008

My niece gave me a big hug as soon as I walked in the door to my sister's apartment. I bent over and wrapped my arms around her. Last time we saw each other was in July of last year. It seemed like she had grown a few more inches.

She is now a full fledged tweenager. Her room is filled with High School Musical posters. She just started reading chapter books but they are of Hannah Montana's adventures. Where did all the Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys mystery books go?? She knows more about hair and make-up than I did when I was her age.

Time is truly flying at warp speed.