Writer In Florence Ela Vasilescu

Day 3 – Introducing Ephia


To give you a better idea of who I am, I have to draw a picture of the one’s I spend my time with every day. I chose my daughter for today because she is the one who takes up 30 hours out of my 24 hour day.

Like any parent, I could go on and on about how special and perfect my kid is, and she is, in fact, the most perfect child anyone could ever have, but it would be such a cliché. Every child is born with the special gift to find that secret nook, hidden deep in your soul and crawl there to stay forever. What I will present to you, are a few odd, but awesome things for a toddler to do, which outline her personality and cuteness.

Ephia has one of the best qualities when it comes to a toddler: she likes to sleep. From the first day she was born up until now, she has always slept a twelve hour per night sleep. Yeah, you read it right, twelve hours. God forbid if you have a doctor’s appointment or any type of appointment you have to attend in the morning and you have to wake her up; she would start yelling and in the last couple of months because she learned the words Get out!  she would kick you out of her room. Even on a normal day, she won’t leave her bed without first browsing through her books for twenty minutes.

Another great thing about her is that she can be very independent, but extremely cautious and lovable at the same time. She would fall and just get up smiling as nothing happened, but she would run straight into our arms if a stranger would offer her something, and she would just melt onto my lap for some kisses and cuddles when I least expect it. She is an annoyingly cautious child. Sometimes I can watch her for hours trying to find the best way to climb something and be completely safe, and it amazes me that she takes the time to analyze every possibility at such a young age.

Ephia is one of the best things that could have happened to me. She makes me reinvent myself every single day. She pushes my nerves to the edge, then gives me a perfect smile in the next second, and my anger just fades away. She is the one who forces me to go on, to be proud of myself and of what I have become in a way that I could inspire her that self-esteem is an important quality in life.

I will end her introduction (although it can take me more than 365 days to talk about her personality and charm) sharing with you two lessons, which ever since Ephia came into my life, became loud and clear. You are not a mother just because you gave birth to a child. You have to earn that name, which is, in fact, a quality; secondly, we are all individuals, separate from our parents, friends, family, origins, so on, and if we don’t treat each other as that exact thing, we can’t demand respect from someone else.

About the author

Ela Vasilescu

I’m a writer based in Florence, Italy.

Human nature inspires me, different cultures, traditions, folk stories and the differences which make us unique. Documenting stories is a privilege, a glimpse into humanity, an unforgettable experience, one which I embrace and honour every day.

If you have a story twitching in the back of your pocket, one that is ready to be told, shared and heard, chances are I will be ready to listen; so don’t hesitate to send me an email.


Writer In Florence Ela Vasilescu