Nat and Echo I just got back to Portland from Missoula, Mt. My family has the crazy opportunity to house-sit the house next door to my sister every year, for a month. And this month happens to coincide with my niece Echo's birthday which makes the arrangement that much more phenomenal. While I was there Echo began to understand so many new things about the world. On my last day she learned how to sit on a ledge- how to turn her body around and back up on to the curb, happily kicking her legs upon landing. She is a subtle, hilarious, breathtakingly beautiful little human. My feelings for her and my sister, whom I would describe in similar terms, are almost too much to bear this morning. Although it seems that many things are too much to bear these days.