This is Jess on her Prom night. She's gorgeous, right? She's also clever, funny, street-wise, dry and sharp as a tack. She's emotional, energetic, adventurous, open, wise-beyond-her-years. She's just 16.
Jess is not my kid, but if she were I'd barely be able to contain my pride.
She is my niece though, and I am her hairdresser, shopping partner and assignment advisor. I'll happily settle for that.