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This week's photo inspiration comes from Anurag Bakhshi.
“Am I pretty? I think I need to be pretty? What’s pretty?”
“Hello! We say, ‘hello’.” Lily was going to have to teach the friend she made.
“I made you and just gave you life. Do you want a name?”
“Yes, please. A pretty one, please. Am I pretty?”
“Pretty enough for me. I will call you ‘Meili’. That means ‘beautiful’.”
“Oh, thank you! Can we play together?”
“Well, sort of, but you can’t go anywhere. You have to stay here and keep birds out of the flowers.”
The fabric head tilted forward ever-so-slightly. “Oh. Flowers are pretty. I like pretty.” Meili’s head returned upright. “I wish I could see them better.”
“Maybe my daddy can fix your neck, so you can bend more.”
Just then, Lily’s mama called from inside. “Lily! Come inside! It’s time for lunch and you have to do your daily reading!”
“Oops! Bye!” as she started to run to the door, her new friend shouted, “Wait! My neck!”
“Yes, yes. Later. Bye!”
Meili was still calling after her, “My neck! Flowers! Pretty! Pretty flowers! Help!” Lily didn’t see the tear that escaped her painted eye, until it had already left a stain.