Book 3 in the Road Series, Road to Reality, holds a big piece of my heart.
If you’ve read my blog post Inspirations and My Dog, then you know Roxy is a combination of the two boxers that I’ve owned.
Well in Road to Reality, there is one character that is part of my life in a very special way. Zoe, the three-year old daughter of Beth.
You see, Zoe is actually largely based on my best friend, Lori’s, daughter, Hailey. Not all of her, but a good part of her personality is portrayed in the book. Especially the part about playing dress up, and always cuddling into my shoulder/neck when I pick her up. That is one of my favorite traits! They are so similar in my mind at times, that sometimes I catch myself calling her Zoe rather than Hailey.
My connection to Hailey runs deep. How could it not when I was at the ultrasound appointment when we found out Lori was having girl? Or when I gazed at her big—she was over 10 lbs—wrinkly form in the hospital bassinet right after delivery.
I often refer to Hailey as ‘my baby girl’ when talking about her. I’ve even gone so far as to joke that Lori and I are Hailey’s parents and her husband really didn’t have much to do with it. Of course, we know he had a large part in it, so I guess I better say, “Thanks Shane.” But just the same, she will always be my little girl.
Do you want to see a picture of my baby girl? I know you do. So here are two of my favorite pictures, and tell me if you don’t recognize the traits.
Hailey is one hundred percent a little girl. She loves to dress up, loves to put clips in her hair, but most of all loves it when I paint her nails for her.
Even this weekend when I was visiting she brought out the nail polish and asked me to redo her nails.
So, Hailey, when you get older, I hope you read this and realize how much your ‘auntie’ loves you!