I was walking through the living room on my way to grab another pile of clothes for the laundry when I glanced in her direction.
Maybe it was the way she was sitting on the couch, her legs tucked up underneath her. Or maybe it was the way her hair was pulled away from her face, her long curls gently falling down her back.
Whatever it was, it stopped me dead in my tracks.
Maddie, I said in a breathless whisper.
Maddie looked up at me and smiled.
You look so grown up, I said softly.
She smiled again, shrugged, and looked back towards the TV.
I stood there staring and felt a lump in my throat.
Maddie, can I take a quick picture of you?
But the moment was already gone, like so many others.