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I feel closer to Perla than anyone. She was a part of me for nine months (longer if you consider the egg was part of me when I was born) and our living and waking rhythms are very similar. She looks so much like I did at her age, and I envision how she'll look when she's grown. We share similar quirks and a goofy sense of humour. I've always found it fascinating that there is no similarity to our fingerprints -- no family traits there.


Before she was born, I would see parents treat their children as property, as an extension of themselves. I made a conscious decision when she was born to treat her as her own person -- not *my* child or *my* daughter, but as Perla. I hope I succeed.

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Taken on February 4, 2011