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If you are wondering has the world changed, the answer is yes. Now you can dance in the Olympics. Animals can now talk. Candy is better than vegetables. Everything is free!
That is my future.
— Riley Sandler




-by her mother, Mackenzie Sandler 


Riley was born on May 6, 2005 at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City. She was two weeks early but her dad and I could not wait for her to arrive. Riley was a sweet baby but she did not like to sleep. We tried every trick in the book to get ehr to sleep through the night; including, swaddling her and rocking her rythmically while listening to a hair dryer, letter her sleep in her car seat and leaving her in the infant swing all night. This is the complete opposite of Riley as a 9 year old as she is now a wonderful sleeper who often doesn't wake up before 10 a.m. on the weekends.

Riley is such a sweet and thoughtful girl. She is a wonderful friend to those who know her and is definitely a people person! One of her favorite things to do is make up dances either with friends or on her own. She can often be seen twirling down the streets as she perfects her latest dance moves. Riley also loves to listen to music and go to concerts. She would listen to music 24 hours a day if I weren't around to tell her to turn it off.

Riley is also extremely creative. She comes up with amazing ideas and I am always impressed with how she manages to to put them into action. She has designed all sorts of clothing pieces and makes houses for her stuffed animals out of cardboard boxes and other recycled materials. Whenever I think she can't possibly build what she has described to me, she always proves me wrong! The down side to this is that Riley's room is filled with cardboard boxes that I would love to throw away. No garbage is safe from Riley!

Riley is one of a kind and the best daughter a mother could ask for. I love her with all my heart and hope she knows just how special she is!


In the future I will have brown hair with a feather that is light blue. I will have brown eyes.
I am going to be very kind...
— Riley Sandler

My favorite thing to do with my friends is have sleepovers.

They are just like playdates but you can sleep over!
— Riley Sandler

I have many cool interests. One of my interests is art.
I love art because there are no rules.
— Riley Sandler

Blue is the color of the sky
Blue smells like fresh pancakes
Blue feels like the wind blowing in your face on a cool night
Blue is the shape of a tear
Blue is the color of the sea
Blue sounds like water flowing on a waterfall
Blue is a waterfall
Blue sounds like rain going
Drop, Drip,
Drop, Drip

- a poem by Riley entitled Blue