Second Decade

On August 24, Veronica has a significant anniversary as she completes the first decade of life and embarks on the second. Ahead of her are a pretty important and fun-filled ten years – secondary school, the teen experience, starting post-secondary education – but it’s a good time to reflect on the past ten today.

At ten she is still the sweet and kind little girl she has been throughout her life. She adores animals – especially cats – and they respond to her petting and treat giving. She is very responsible and fiercely protective of her older brother and younger sister. She works hard at her studies even if she cannot be in school these days. She loves swimming and takes advantage of a pool whenever she can.

She’s looking forward to a special visit with Nonna and Grandpa this week – on her own. While this is something she always enjoys, she’ll no doubt feel guilty that the other kids aren’t here. She is the most sensitive of the three grandkids to how others are doing in life. I hope she can always maintain this loving concern for others. That’s her Nonna’s way.

It’s a privilege to live a long life and watch your grandchildren grow and mature. I’ve always felt that the older they get the more fun they are, and the more character you have to love. There is no better example of that than Veronica. Happy birthday, my sweet girl.

Published by Ray MacDonald

Ray MacDonald is a retired food scientist who lives in Almonte, ON.
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