Ok...so on July 18th, I'm taking my amazing nephew, Dax, to see Slipknot and Slayer in Oklahoma City. I'm excited because I took him to his first concert when he was around 5 (Nickelback. He has forgiven me for that and you should, too) I'm especially excited because he is one of my most favorite people in the world. Since he became an almost grown up man, we haven't had a chance to spend a lot of time together. I can't wait to catch up with him- we're sooo gonna stay up all night and eat junk food and ding dong ditch the other people in the hotel. There may be wine involved somewhere, too, but only for me. But back to my nephew- he's 20. He wrestles at the very best college in Oklahoma. He's badass. And he's so much like me it's scary.
The first time I held him, I felt completely connected to something bigger than myself- even though I was only a kid myself. I fell in love in a split second. If you look at the picture my mother took of me holding him for the very first time, it's all love. Nothing but love.
You see, God did something funny to my sister and I- he gave brown eyed me two little boys who look suspiciously like my sister. Blue eyes...fair skin... but at least when I'm out in public, I can pretend they're not mine, right? Anyway, he also gave sweet baby sister some kiddos who share some startling dna with their awesome Aunt T (that's me).
The weird tumbleweed-ish super duper curly hair? Dax has it. The annoying allergies? Yeah. He has them. The love of music? Yuh-huh. The creativity? The hyperactive outgoing goofy personality? Yes! And yes! The unholy LOVE of scary movies and being scared? The answer is yes. The superior athletic ability? Umm...no. That's from his dad. But a lot of what I see in me, I see in Dax. And in my other niece and nephew, too. It's crazy how that works.
When Dax was a baby, I realized how badly I wanted to be a mother. After I became a mother, I realized how incredible- what an immense and perfect gift- being an aunt was. It was all the awesomeness of parenthood but better because there was no pressure. Being an aunt is like taking only the very best things about parenthood, minus the stress. If you ask me, being an aunt is one of the luckiest and best relationships in the world. It's all good stuff. How often does that happen? And besides that, sweet baby sister managed to raise three- count 'em, three- awesome people that I actually like to spend time with. I'd pick all of them as friends. That's pretty amazing, if you ask me!
I love being an aunt so much that my bonus son? My 14 year old sweetpea from Frank's first marriage? The name on my wrist that hurt so much I'd rather drag a flaming hedgehog out of my butt than have that tattoo repeated? He calls me 'Aunt T' just like his cousins. That's another relationship I adore...and it's coming up next.