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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.

    1. shadowracer26 50 months ago | reply

      this is so well written! sounds like you're doing a great job!

    2. ukimmeru 50 months ago | reply

      beautiful. I love the high key. And I bet you are doing a wonderful job with and for Perla. :) (love that name)

    3. lauravh23 50 months ago | reply

      wonderful! I'm so happy you appreciate Perla as an individual. I think that is a huge accomplishment and that Perla will appreciate this as she grows.

    4. Faerie Girl 50 months ago | reply

      lovely words, and such a simple elegant shot.

    5. ElizaGypsy 50 months ago | reply

      Lovely. Very intricate detail.

    6. geneva on film 50 months ago | reply

      Oh, you already have! :)

    7. mollykiely 50 months ago | reply

      Thanks, everyone.

    8. strph 50 months ago | reply

      So sweet, and poignant words too.

    9. Fintan Guihen 26 months ago | reply

      great photo. conveys such great emotion.

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