My best childhood friend, the incomparable Andrea Bergmann DeLadurantey, trekked all the way up here from Naples for two days of getting to know Hadley. Nobody I know has a busier schedule than Andrea and her hubby, so it's a real testament to her kindness--and our enduring friendship--that she spent her three-day weekend here and not curled up in her own bed getting some much-needed rest.
Hadley and Ana got along splendidly--and about an hour into their time together on Friday morning, Ana said to Hadley, "I think I love you." A short while later she said, "I KNOW I love you." And I'm sure Hadley would have uttered the same sweet words if she could figure out how.
So thank you, Andrea, for making time for us, for making us laugh, for singing to Hadley, for teaching us the "Gangoo Song," for reminding me of home, for loving such simple things as walks in the park and for loving us all so well and deeply. I'm looking forward to the day Hadley realizes just how wonderful you are--and how blessed she is to call you her auntie.