The circle of life

I could just kick myself for not photographing Maria and Julia when they were here last Sunday.  Maria was busy sorting through items she had saved from childhood.  Before tossing it into the trash, she gave her daughter, Julia, a letter Maria had received from Santa when she was in grade school.  Julia, now 5, was able to read this letter aloud.  I couldn’t believe it, and my heart swelled with pride that this child could read a letter that her mother had received so many years ago.

This is a photo taken in 1983 of my daughter, Maria, when she had just turned 5:

Maria Aug 1983-A

And this is a photo taken in 2012 of Maria’s daughter, Julia, just 2 months shy of her fifth birthday:

Julia Sept 2012-A

Maria is half-white and half-Asian, whereas Julia is three-fourths Asian and one-fourth white.  Yes, you can argue that they both belong to one race, the human race, but I still think it is fascinating how their DNA have produced such lovely, intelligent people.

David keeps saying that he will die in 20 years.  He says very few make it to 90.  Well, I prefer not to put a time limit on my life.  Here’s hoping that we both live long enough to see our first great grandchild.

The circle of life will continue no matter what.

11 Responses to “The circle of life”

  1. R.Ramakrishnan Says:

    Two beautiful and charming girls. About David suggest he stop worrying about the future and simply enjoy today.

  2. Olga Says:

    Your daughter and grand daughter are both beautiful. I wish you had snapped the two of them together now as well.

  3. Christine Says:

    Beautiful photos Gigi, you can take them together next time you see them.

  4. DJan Says:

    They are truly beautiful people. I can see the family resemblance.

  5. Jeanie Says:

    Very cute pictures of both your girls.
    I guess David is just trying to be realistic, but I agree with you about not giving ourselves a time limit.

  6. Denise Says:

    You have a lovely family Gigi. The photos of the girls are adorable! Thank you for your comment on my recent blog post. That’s a good catch. I forgot to include ‘American’ Indian. We have recently learned that some American Indians prefer to be called Indians instead of Native Americans, as in the Smithsonian National Museum for the American Indian. It would be interesting to get some feed back from anyone who is an American Indian/Native American.

  7. Kay G. Says:

    Love these photos of your daughter and granddaughter at the same age, they are so pretty!
    It’s best not to think about how long we have, just be glad that you are here and enjoy yourself! Take care.
    Love,
    Kay

  8. LC Says:

    Good gene pool; beautiful. And going by some of your previous posts, that applies to character as well as exterior!

  9. Linda Reeder Says:

    While it is normal to think about the end of one’s life, we still live each day to the fullest. That’s what matters. We never know how many days and years we will have.
    I would certainly like to live long enough to see my grandchildren reach adulthood.

  10. L...w Says:

    That’s a very good title for your post today IMHO. So many circles…1) The santa letter Maria received that now Julia can read too, 2) both mother and daughter at age 5, 3) all the beautiful races that make our human race and 4) David citing his end of life in 20 years. I just think he thinks in actuarial terms.

  11. jennjilks Says:

    Cuties

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