This afternoon I picked up my 10 year-old niece, Nikita, from LAX. She flew in from Washington, DC and was on her way to the Philippines to visit a former schoolmate and her family for the next 3 weeks. I hadn’t seen her in about 4 years and it was our first time spending time together without her father. Unfortunately, her father and I aren’t close, but it was great to get to see her even if just for a few hours in between flights. I must say that he, my brother, is doing a great job of raising her!