I think one of the most amazing gifts that kids provide is the visual awareness of the passage of time. As an adult, a year passes and the tangible change in my body is negligible. The change in my life may be somewhat more pronounced, a change in home, job, marital status etc. But there is nothing quite as loud as the change observed in a child over a period as short as a year.
Case in point. One year ago I was holding this wee little baby, fresh from her mama's womb, in my arms.
Today, she turns 1. She is walking, talking (a bit) and her face lights up with recognition when I see her. In a year from now she'll be greeting me with "Hi Auntie" and playing dress up with her sisters.
Time flies, and I am so lucky to be blessed with 3 beautiful nieces to remind me how precious and fleeting every day is. I am so grateful that we live only blocks away and I am able to share in their lives, and watch them grow, change and develop in what feels like all too rapid progression.
Happy Birthday Angelina!