When I look at that picture I see a girl who knew very little of how her life was to be shaped in the future. Andrea was 5 years old at the time... I had just completed a year of college and I was unemployed. I remember thinking back then, wondering how my life would ever change... I was on assistance and there were many people around me in the same situation.
Life is never easy but some paths are a heck of a lot harder than others, I really chose a way that wasn't simple, though I am grateful that I could be a stay at home mommy a lot of the time Andrea was little. She and I had many days of fun where we would bake, play games, go to movies... I am a much busier mama with Valentina because I am working and away from home from ten to eleven hours per day. These memories of Andrea reminded me that it is really important for me to make that time with Valentina too.
One of the activities that Andrea and did a lot together was walking, we would just pick up and go for the day, we would be exhausted by the time we got home but we would have had fun going to the park and feeding the ducks or seeing some great site that Halifax has to offer, we are a tourist city with lots of interesting and inexpensive sights to see. I had already decided that I was getting back into walking and taking Valentina with me, just more time to spend together.
It's interesting how a picture from the past can help you make changes in the future.
I cherish my past, I accept my present and I dream for my future ♥