During my son’s 2nd year, my niece came to spend some time with me in the summer. I loved having her here and my son had a playmate. She was my favorite baby when she was born and I love her as if I birthed her myself. She is very loving, sensitive, sweet and affectionate, a real lovely addition to our small family for a few weeks in the year. It was nice having a girl to spoil too. Not that I could do much with her financially but I took her to lots of farms, parks, we went to the library a lot. We read together or she read to us. I brushed her hair after she showered and just enjoyed making her summer as special as I could in hopes that she would want to come back. I remember spending summers with my cousin Carol and her daughters. It made me feel so grown up to visit away from home for so long and I usually got to do things that I wouldn’t normally do at home.