I love being an Aunt. Boom! That’s it. I just love it. It’s an amazing feeling. I am an Aunt to three wonderful boys. Like a true Aunt I can tell you that my three nephews are amazing, cute and sweet in their own adorable ways. There is something so special about holding the title of an Aunt that only another Aunt or Uncle can understand. I’ll try to explain it in a letter to my nephews.
I first became an Aunt almost 11 years ago, when the first one of you arrived. I was nervous… what was an Aunt supposed to do? I mean, I’m a mom but what do I do to be an Aunt? This is a different role! While your parents and grandparents were settling into their new roles, I decided I would consider mine by taking it one step at a time…
When you were born Hunter I marvelled that my sister could create someone so cute and special. To me she was always just my younger sister who followed me around. You arrived six weeks early and caught us all off-guard. I used to stare at you in the hospital and look at your tiny fingers and sweet little face and I knew that you would steal my heart. Today you are such a sensitive and thoughtful young man and I am so happy when you call to share good news with me or show me high marks from school. I’m even more thrilled when you ask me to pick you up for a visit to my house (although I know it’s because I have sports channels and Netflix but that’s ok). I love attending your soccer games and cheering you on. You even calmly handle it when I cheer you on loudly (ok and maybe embarrassingly) from the sidelines! I giggle to myself when I see how pleased you are when I drop you off to school or pick you up. I see your eyes sparkle when you steal a sidelong look at me. You’re happy I’m there and I’m happy too. In recent years watching you play with your younger cousins is so heartwarming. I see you trying to teach them good things and break up scraps between them. They love you and admire you and I adore watching your role as a person evolve all the time. Son, nephew, grandson, cousin, friend… I am especially glad that you are willing to always hug and kiss me still even in public. xoxoxo
Johnny when you arrived, I was worried my heart may not have enough room for another nephew. But amazingly enough it grows and makes room and there is so much love. Holding you when you were a baby and kissing your face over and over again would make me so happy. Sometimes after a rough day at work, my car would automatically take me to your house and your big smile would change my whole day. Now almost 5 years later I am astounded when you sit me down and teach me about the solar system, detailing the planets and stars. I am especially nervous when you show me flags of the world and quiz me on some. I love when you name all the continents for me and excitedly name different Countries. Truth be told, I am usually googling stuff before I know I am going to see you! You are a sweet sensitive bright and loving little man. Honestly, the joy on your face when I bring you a sprinkled donut far outweighs the trouble your mom gives me for it. I love watching you swim at swimming lessons and your face light up at the sight of a cake at my house. Recently your Dad told me that you are almost always convinced I have parties at my house all the time. Xoxoxo
Harrison you rocked into the world just two years ago, on a Saturday night in the spring. You quickly and curiously stared at me while I held you for the first time. I knew we would be good friends. You are a loving boy and have an incredible ability to put up with my incessant kisses and all the pictures and selfies I force you to take. It’s amazing that you have been able to say my complicated French first name since you were just 18 months old, meanwhile some adults still can’t pronounce it! I love that you waste no time and come running to see me when I walk in the door and you hug and kiss immediately. It makes it easy for me to sing your often requested “Wheels on the bus” over and over again. As the family all knows, you have the cutest puppy dog eyes and you manage to get me to do what ever you want. I must learn to shake this habit. Watching you wave and smile at me during swimming lessons or Sport-ball is amazing. Your face lights up like a Christmas tree when I wave back and I see you mouth my name. My heart melts like a puddle at my feet xoxoxo
My dear boys, the path of life will have numerous bumps along the way but know that I will always be there for you. I don’t know if you will remember the hundreds of books we read together, the games we played, the walks we took or the hugs and kisses. But I promise you this: As your Aunt, I will always be here for you, despite where time, distance and the world may take us. A phone call will always connect us. I am grateful to my sisters for creating such beautiful human beings whom I will love forever.
Auntie Maryse xoxoxo
This letter is the very best way I can describe the fulfilling and awesome feeling of being an Aunt. Be nice to your siblings because oh boy, do they ever have the ability to really rock your world for the best.