Today is a good day.
Its my day off, I'm going to lunch with my little sissy and my niece Kumquat, I'm going shopping for my big sissy's birthday present and...
My other big sissy is having a baby!
For those playing along at home that makes me an auntie 19 times over. (I'm looking forward to #20 this fall!)
"I've never heard anyone talk about their nieces and nephews as much as you do. Seriously. I mean, I have some, too...but I don't talk about them." - my co-worker
Growing up, I never was particularly close to any of my aunts or uncles (or cousins.) By the time I came around (I have five older siblings) almost all of them had children of their own.
When my sister-in-law Heidi had Brayden 15 years ago I was excited, of course, but unsure as to what my role is supposed to be. I'm not a parent, I'm not a sibling.
I've created my own job description for the role. My nieces and nephews are pretty much my favorite people.