I didn't know it was possible for little humans to become so much a part of the reason your heart beats. Is that what motherhood is like? I can't say, but I can tell you that's what auntie-hood is like! There's something uniquely different about playing with and loving on children that share the same blood with you, as apposed to just the kids you might babysit or play with at church.
I currently hold auntie-ship over seven little heartbeats, one of which I highly anticipate meeting for the first time in May and another in October. What can I say? My family is turning into a baby-making machine. And there's still six kids to get married.
*eyes glaze over*
Allow me to love on two of my brother's little girls...
This is my Little G.
She's quiet, gentle and loves feminine things. She loves her bracelets and necklaces and her "princess dresses." She gives the best hugs and is very careful to always speak in full sentences. She already has such a sweet little heart in her petite little self.
One day I'd been wearing a long, flowy peasant skirt around the house. I walk by Little G with my skirt swirling around my legs and as I passed with my skirt brushing against her, I heard her say in a quiet, awestruck voice, "Auntie! You're a princess!" She also told me in the same little voice once that she likes my painted toe nails.
This is my Little M.
This little lady is now four years old and she's my first-born niece, the one who first earned me the title of "auntie." She's a little tomboy, loving to play with sticks, trains and read books. She loves animals, especially horses. She can be a crazy one full of energy and she definitely has a hilarious sense of humor and a flare for the dramatics. She is definitely developing the family trait of silliness. She loves wearing her brown fuzzy winter boots and Cinderella dress. At the same time.
Little M is very intelligent for her age and when she reads a story or watches a movie, she doesn't just watch - she actually follows the entire story, catching the different nuances of development as the story progresses. She's responsible, mature and caring. But loves a good giggle over a silly joke or a romp in the backyard with her sisters, uncles and aunties.
I am blessed more than any auntie has the right to be.
I'll never be done with being an auntie.
Auntie is carved on my bones forever.
And I like it that way.