the little energetic listener that could

A daughter is the happy memories of the past, the joyful moments of the present, and the hope and promise of the future. 
-- Author Unknown

jasmin invited me and my wife to a surprise birthday party for her good friend, hazel, at east coast park, singapore.  i obliged after consulting with my wife (naturally) who said, "we'll go if sam goes."

sam is jasmin's beautiful 2 year old daughter whom i had kept telling my wife about.  after countless stories and endless tales of just how cute sam is, my wife finally realized i was torturing her with these stories and made up her mind: she had to see sam for herself.

so when we got the chance to finally meet sam, there were no second thoughts, no ifs, no buts.  "we're going", she said, and that was that.

sam is a bundle of joy: precocious and friendly, a little angelic spark that just kept going and going and going and going.  one minute she was running around playing with balloons, the next she was hopping like a rabbit who had one sweetened carrot too many.

and she has a mind of her own too.  at first, she pouted when her mom called her (it turns out jasmin had left her napping upstairs and she had woken up alone -- and understandably angry).  but peachy has a way with kids and pretty soon sam had forgotten about being upset and was off and running.  and hopping.  and shouting.  and giggling.

it didnt help that, it being a birthday party, she somehow got her hands on some chocolate cake.  it was like pouring gas on a forest fire, let me tell you.

i enjoyed all of it though: i was off to one side, happily snapping away.

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