Marigold and I had a "girls only" visit over the weekend, and it was fun. Marigold is a delightful young lady, very bright, with an inherent elegance. I noticed a few years ago whenever we were sitting on a bus, or anywhere, she would sit up very straight with her legs crossed -- just so -- and other little girls would look at her and then imitate how she was sitting. She's fortunate that she has inherited her mother's beautiful hands and feet. Marigold has a sweet nature, although she can be feisty too. She doesn't take any nonsense, but I don't remember ever having seen Marigold in a bad or whiny mood. She has a very steady centre, so it is always easy to be around her. She has a very easy laugh, and she loves a good joke.
On Saturday night we watched "Whale Rider", which is one of the best movies ever made. Afterwards I told her that Keisha Castle-Hughes, the little girl who played the lead role, was only eleven years-old when she was cast for the role, and she had never acted before. She went from the classroom to the film set. When the movie was released, Keisha was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress, and was the youngest person ever nominated for such an award. Marigold loved the movie, and particularly loved the Maori Haka dancing.
On Sunday morning Marigold and I had blueberry pancakes at the table outdoors on the terrace. After we were finished breakfast I said to her, "Now only if we had a lake or a pool we could dive into and go for a swim right now..." She chuckled.
Marigold and I had fun. We painted our toenails and we both mentioned -- more than once -- how *quiet* it was with just the two of us. *heh*