Meet my handsome friend, neighbor and Valentine, Shakil. He lives a stones throw away, literally so close that we can hear his mom talking to him or yelling for him to come bathe. He is one of three siblings, the middle child to be precise.

Shakil is funny. He is smart. He loves to play jokes and pinch my cheeks. His smile is contagious and speaks more than words ever would and his eagerness to walk just melts my heart every time we strap on those braces. And every time he attempts to say “Auntie