This love of reading and exploring other worlds through words is something we've exposed to Eve to from an early age. She was still in utero when her Papa began introducing her to the wacky world of Dr. Seuss. Recently, various books about shy and sensitive kids have helped both Eve and her class understand why she sometimes prefers to be quiet at school. They're helping her and her peers understand and accept that we are all different and special in our own way.
So this Mother's Day, I'll accept the card my daughter made for me with her face in a flower and the paper mache candle holder. But for me, the true gift is getting to raise a girl so marvellous and smart. At the age of three, she already accepts me and all my imperfections. And I love reading with her, teaching her and learning together as we grow. All I ever wanted in life I have now: a kindred heart to call my own.