Friday, March 22, 2013

Being an Aunt

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.


  1. OMG. I cannot believe she's 7. I feel like it was yesterday she was born!

    1. It's ridiculous. She's almost done with first grade. That is wrong.

      If you thought you loved her as a little one, I have got to get you to meet her now. She is one of the funniest kiddos I have ever met. It's just an awesome bonus to call her my niece. I don't think she remembers learning "fat back" though. :)

  2. Hahahahahaha "fat back." Well, Richie can re-teach her all the greats.