She had the most beautiful eyes.
They watched everything around her.
Her sisters especially.
For the first six months or so,
she seldom smiled.
It wasn't that she was unhappy;
quite the opposite.
She was completely and utterly content.
One of my aunts who was visiting at the time
kept commenting on her eyes and
told me she was going to be a stunner when she grew up.
It was easy to see, but of course mother's are not supposed to say such things.
I was thankful my aunt said it for me.
After a year of braces we now get to see not only her soulful eyes,
but also her beautiful smile.
My baby is growing up.
More beautiful each and every year.
Not because her braces have been removed to show a perfect smile,
Or because those dark eyes are fringed with thick lashes.
More importantly because of her heart.
I understood this just recently.
It was that something I couldn't put my finger on when she was a baby.
You see, her spirit was already shining though.
I just didn't realize it.