I am the proud auntie of two lovely, smart nieces and one handsome, charming nephew. And I got to see all three of them this weekend.
One of my nieces and I don’t see each other that often, and I’m always afraid she will have forgotten me the next time I see her, but I earned her proclamation of, “I want to sit by you,” by running around a tree in the yard with her and screaming at the top of my lungs. (If only adult friendships were that easy. I am not above making a fool of myself to make a couple of friends, seriously.)
The big adventure of the weekend with Scarlett and Holden was the Great Lizard Debacle. My mother-in-law had opened her French doors to let in some lovely spring air. I forget why (who knows with 6-year-old boys), but Holden had gone inside to get some miscellaneous piece of kid-toy and we heard, “LIZARD!!!” Lisa and Bridget were quicker than me, and added to the cries of, “LIZARD!!!” along with, “Robbie, come in here and get this thing!” All the while, Scarlett (who is now 9, and nearly an adult, it seems to me) stood off to the side and tearfully begged, “Don’t kill it! Don’t kill it!” In the end, the lizard jumped down the air conditioning vent in a daring bid for its life, never to be seen again.
I’m so loving watching all three of them grow into their personalities and turn from cute fat baby into sweet toddler into daring 6-year-old into thoughtful 9-year-old. I’m looking forward to bashful pre-teen, cheeky adolescent, and fine young ladies and men as well.
Love you, niecey-pies and nephew-mine. –Auntie Sonja