I love this,’ cried my 10-year-old daughter London, twirling around in front of the mirror. ‘It’s a beautiful blue, like a mermaid!’ she gushed.
We were shopping for an outfit for the forthcoming ‘daddy-daughter’ dance at her school and blue was her favourite colour.
We bought the cute little outfit but life was pretty hectic so we decided to find shoes another day.
London did gymnastics four hours a day, four days a week. There was even talk of her competing at the Olympics one day.
Despite being tiny, she was very fit and the fastest runner at her school.
She was also a good student, getting As in every subject.
But what London was best at was making people happy.
And she especially loved older people.
‘Aren’t they cute, Mum?’ she’d say, if she saw an elderly couple in the shops.
My big-hearted girl adored animals too.
‘When I grow up, I want to work with old people or be a vet,’ she told me.
More than anything, she loved me, her dad Jerry, 45, her older sister, Eden, 12, and all her grandparents.
She was always giving us cuddles and kisses.
When London got a phone, she began making videos, often starring her beloved cats, Paris and Milan.
She even posted one on YouTube, telling people about herself.
She knew exactly what her second video was going to be about too.
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