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My four-year-old granddaughter Ashlyn lights up whatever room she’s in. She has the kind of smile and manner that warms the heart and brings on lots of smiles. I witnessed how at two she turned a group of burly Texas State Troopers into soft gushing teddy-bears. She’s a mighty munchkin. What she lacks in size she makes up for in strength and personality. Months ago she asked to take dance and piano lessons. Her dance teacher is amazed how quickly she learns dance steps and her piano teacher can’t get over her level of concentration for one so young. Ashlyn is very bright, creative, and articulate. It seems like she came into the world talking. She has a fearless streak that at times is frightening. Her capacity for joy is definitely catching. She truly brings out the child me and holds a very special place in my heart. When asked what she’d like to do in Italy, she replied, “I want to ride with grandpa on a dozer and climb stairs.” LOL. No doubt her wish will come true. Ashlyn loves flashy fast cars and large construction equipment. Fred can’t wait to show her how to operate a dozer on the golf course under construction. As for the stairs, all Italian cities and villages are full of them.
I captured this candid shot of Ashlyn between attempts to get her to pose with her sister a certain way for a family Christmas card picture.. No surprise the image used was a candid one I took of the two them playing at posing. This is indeed a rare capture. In most of the many shots I’ve taken of my munchkin she’s either smiling or laughing.
Also by Deborah Downes
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