Her name found its popularity through a French musical, and enchanted me when we first met almost a decade ago. She was the reason we stopped on this very street, and why we continue to this day to visit the neighborhood. Her smile brightens up the world, and she is always willing to share it.
Our first meeting is etched in my mind. We were walking up the street when she spotted us. She was walking out of her doorway and across the street. She was supremely confident at such an age, and took me by surprise.
We stopped and walked back to where she was standing. We asked permission to photograph her from an older man, and then he asked her. She politely refused and we started on our way up the street. We then heard the man calling us back, and saw a great smile on her face.
That was the beginning of our friendship and to this day we visit the neighborhood just for the sake of visiting. Most of the girls have grown up and moved on now, but they remember us well and greet us kindly. This year we will try to find a better place for them to be photographed, since doing so in the streets is old news by now.
Either way I look forward to seeing this smile in a month!