I have more current photos of this girl but this is one I like to look at the most. At first glance she appears to be sussing out the situation, maybe even having a stare-down, ready for a fight, but then you realize it's not that. She's just thinking. See the leaning head, the eyes slightly down, the fingers placed precisely but gently just so: she is equal parts strong and sweet, intense and wistful. They say everything you need to know, you learned in kindergarten. Likewise, maybe everything you need to know about a person, you learn by looking at a photo of her when she was a kid.
Happy birthday to the person who taught me everything I needed to know about being a parent.