I am a very proud aunt to a beautiful 7-year-old. My niece is the moon and stars to my universe. I became an aunt at 20, but I had wanted to be an aunt since my brother and sister-in-law got married when I was 11. When their little girl was born, I felt a love like I had never felt before. I don't care how crazy that sounds as an aunt... this girl has my heart.
It boggles my mind that she is almost finished with first grade. She's a little person with an incredible personality. She's smart, she's funny, and she doesn't take kindly to someone pulling the wool over her eyes. She adores animals and dinosaurs. And she knows how to make a person smile.
I don't see this little lady often, and that makes me sad. My family lives 10 hours away. When I have the opportunity to talk to her on the phone, I try to keep her talking for as long as possible. I love hearing about her day, what book she read, or what new game she got for her 3DS.
Since we don't see each other often, our phone conversations always end with an "I love you" and a kiss sent through the phone. It's our thing. In a recent conversation, we went through our usual ending, but this little brainiac beauty added one more thing:
"I'm sending you a hug through the phone. Can you feel it?"
You better believe I felt that hug.