Not only is she an adorable, mini version of this bearded, grown man, but it’s as if they lived past lives that had intersected in such a way as to imprint recognition upon their souls.
Hey, I know you.
Maybe they were fellow Civil War soldiers who fought together in Antietam? Perhaps they traversed the Atlantic in the Santa Maria together? Could be they were both ladies in waiting for Queen Elizabeth? Hell, maybe Violet was Queen Elizabeth and Serge was a court jester. That would be about right. Anything for her highness.
During the first two years of Violet’s life I worked full-time as an executive producer in a fast-paced newsroom. Because my job had a better salary and enviable healthcare, Serge reduced his hours to part-time and spent most of his days with his queen. Which means that even though I eventually quit my job to entertain my notions of freelance writing and being with my kids full-time, Serge has spent more time with Violet than I have.
The first two years of her life were passed in a flurry of walks in Utah’s magnificent mountains. She has logged a lot of miles with dad. He’d pop her in a baby carrier and off they’d go. Daily rambles in the woods, visits to the park, walking the dogs. And then, because I didn’t get home until well after the nightly news, they’d have dinner together and he’d put her down for the night. All that time, just the two of them. She is a daddy’s girl to be sure.
When I see them giggling together now, the whole of her existence with her best pal flashes through my mind in the form of my favorite photos of them together.
Below are those photos. Poignant sign posts marking the most magnificent journey two human beings can ever embark upon; unconditional love, acceptance, and a promise to be there for each other forever. And ever.
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