That´s Nina in the age of six when I met her, four years ago, in the home for orphan and abused children in Zagreb. In her group she was the only one sitting without saying a word. It turned out she can´t pronouce words due tu some sirious injures in her early childhood. I arranged myself in the way I could visit the children twice a week and take one by one out - to the zoo, the children´s theatre, for a walk ..... Some of them were not free to go out with me because their parents or relatives had came to visit them. Nina was always avalible - nobody visited her.
In the course of weeks I became Nina´s teta Dunja (teta menas aunt in Croatian). Entering the children´s home I heared them calling: "Nina, teta Dunja came to visit you!" So everybody considered I belonged now to her and I was happy with this progress. For, I liked her from the first glace. She was, and still is, a sweet, gentle, little girl.
Our relation became closer and closer. As for me, my emotions twords Nina are grandma´s affections. I´m a "substitute" grany with the best wishes for her grandchild. And - I have chosen NinasSmile for the name of my Etsy shop because I want very much she would smile in her future life.
There is also a blog about Nina posted in Aprile.