La Dolce Vita
Jordan enjoyed Spring Break this week. Frankly, I think she had too much time on her hands, but it didn’t stop her from lamenting about Spring Break coming to an end. But she was particularly sweet on Tuesday – my birthday. She took my picture to put on a card for Sprout Online. They have a contest for birthdays. I posed patiently.

– Dad, smile more. Look excited.
I widened my grin and tried to look excited. She snapped the photo.
– Not that excited.
She giggled and took another photo.
– This one’s perfect. Now, close your eyes.
– Close my eyes?
– It’s just for fun, Dad.
I complied.
– No. Dad, how do I delete the bad ones?
When my photo shoot was done, she made me a beautiful card, with an ornately hand-colored border and a fanciful illustration in the center. I helped her print the photo and construct the final product, then I thanked her for thinking of me. She gave me a giant hug and told me to be happy about being 14. I reminded her that I was actually turning 40. She said that was good, too. Then she skipped off.
She returns to school next week, after chemo on Monday.

Written by Larry

Larry Vincent is Jordan Vincent's father. He is a writer, photographer and a branding executive who works at United Talent Agency in Los Angeles. He is the author of Brand Real and Legendary Brands and is currently at work on his first novel, Juliette, which is inspired by Jordan's Journey.

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