Model Kerri Nicole Blanc: Why my daughter (3) is my best friend
Irish model Kerri Nicole Blanc says her daughter Kayla has the ability to make her smile come rain or shine.
It's important to realise and accept that best friends come in many different packages, and while I have many friends who I love and cherish, it's that one particular friend, someone who is there come rain or shine, who I would consider a 'best' friend - whether that is a mum, a dad, a childhood friend, a husband or wife, a brother or sister or even a dog or cat.
In my case, that person is my daughter Kayla. She has the most amazing and beautiful personality. Just her presence can light up any room.
She has an ability to make everything ok, to put a smile on my face even when I really don't feel like smiling.
I know that with Kayla by my side, I can get through anything. She gives me an inner strength that I never knew I had.
With Kayla, my days are never dull. From the moment she pokes my eyes open with her finger in the morning, to walking her to school, and drowning the entire bathroom at night, she constantly keeps me going, with a smile on my face.
Kayla makes me want to achieve things for myself and to give her the kind of life that my parents gave me.
My handbag now consists of a box of crayons, a Kinder egg and spare pairs of socks, and my entire bed is taken over by a three-year-old every night at 2am on the dot. A late night out for me now means leaving before midnight, like Cinderella, but genuinely I have never in my life been so happy. We do absolutely everything together and I wouldn't want it any other way.
Obviously there will come a day when I may not be cool in her eyes and I may be the last person she wants to be seen outside with, but hopefully that won't be for long. I'm sure every mother and daughter go through it at some stage, but my mum and I are extremely close, so hopefully that will always be the case for me and Kayla too.
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