I love being an aunt. I think it is the most terrific job in the world. I imagine it is a bit like being a grandparent, you can have fun, love the little ones and then they go home all while you are still looking pretty good to them.
I am fortunate enough to have a niece and two nephews that now all have children. Being a great aunt is also pretty amazing. My niece was down here in Florida this week visiting and boy did we have fun. She visits about once a year, she wants to see her grandparents before something happens to them. She also wants a relaxing trip where she can have fun and not worry about anything.
I am pretty fortunate to have a pool, and lots and lots of toys at my house due to my work. There is always something to do here that is fun, well that is if you are little.
We played Mr. and Mrs. Potato Head, we swam, we colored, we went looking for alligator's (none to be found on this trip), we went to the beach and played in 3-4 foot waves. They went to Busch Garden's our local amusement park and had a blast on all the rides. We watched the Disney channel, the Rays beat the Red Sox and the Yankee's, and we ate lots of yummy food.
The best thing about being and aunt is watching your niece and nephew's become amazing parents. When they are little you are so excited they are born, they grow up and you play with them through each stage of their development. Then they start to grow up and grow away from you. They get involved in high school, then college, and then they start dating and eventually get married. You meet spouses, and love seeing them in love and ready for adulthood. Then they become parents and you celebrate with them, sometimes from far away, but you cheer them on all through each stage of their lives. I am so proud of them, the adults they have become and the parents they have become.
You see I have one sister who does not choose to share her family with me or my family, my sister, my niece and nephew's or our extended family. It is her loss, that is for sure, but it is also a loss for me as an aunt. I have written about this before so I won't go into a lot of detail here, it's just after a visit where I get to have fun and be a part of these precious children's lives, it hits home again. You see I think I am a pretty good aunt, it is always nice to know there is an adult out there that loves you just for being you. Not your mom or dad, or even your grandparents, another adult that has your back and thinks you are super fantastic. I miss this with the other five nieces and nephews that are no longer a part of my life.
And yes I know life is too short to hang onto family issues. I, like my sister Claudia, have tried and tried to repair that which my other sister sees as wrong. There is no repairing. There is just this little hole in my heart that sometimes pokes through, and that hole is where those five nieces and nephew's are supposed to be.
I will keep that space for them. I will send them love from afar and positive thoughts for a tremendous life. And for now I will enjoy being and aunt to the precious ones I have to love.
Like I said before, I love being an aunt.