I was invited to a birthday party a few years ago.
I happened upon this small scrap of defiant humanity that day.
She didn't know me and consequently didn't feel compelled to put on her 'nice little girl' persona. The party wasn't for her so she didn't have to worry that I would get mad take her present and go home.
She studied me calmly, unsmiling when I took her photo. She wasn't afraid - or friendly either for that matter.
It was unnerving to be so judged by a three year old.
And just between us ... I'd like to ditch my 'nice little girl' persona too.
Wish I'd asked her what I should do because by now she must be six or seven and totally nice.