Happy Birthday to my oldest niece! You are six years old today! 1-2-3-4-5-6, Six!
Six years ago your parents gave me the best gift imaginable- you and the honor of being your Aunt. I will never be able to thank them or you enough for that gift. You are so precious to me. To Uncle Tim too.
This past year, we went on many adventures together. I was able to take you to my favorite park where you climbed on logs and rocks. In your skirt and sandals, you climbed the rocks so well and balanced on the logs. I admire how adventurous you are and how willing you are to try new things.
You are so patient with my other nieces and nephews. Even though Cora is three years younger than you, you always are so good about playing with her. This year we did lots of things with Trish, Travis, Cora, and Ethan. I loved to watch you look after Cora and play “Ring Around the Rosie”. You also loved to be with Ethan- and you are so good with him! He was a little baby this year so you were very careful and caring. You told me that taking care of little kids is “hard”. I agree! But I never worry about you losing patience or not being kind. You are so, so, so kind with them.
You are the best hide and seeker I have ever met! You can hide very well and you can also find hiders very quickly. You played hide and seek at the Princess Party where we went and saw Princess Jasmine. You hid behind curtains, under tables, and other places I didn’t know were hiding spots. It was fun to watch you having fun.
You also went to Sisters, Oregon with your Mom and me. There, there were three other nieces and nephews of mine that you so patiently played with and cared for in kind ways. I loved watching you hold hands with Ava as we looked at otters and fish. You always bring me happiness, no matter what.
This year we had a big breakthrough with my cat Milo. You went from being scared of him, to being patient and careful with him. You told me that you weren’t scared of him anymore- even when he hisses. I think you are very brave.
I believe you are a true artist. I love when we can color together or create art. We have made lots of peoples cards together this past year. It’s fun to talk about the people we are going to give the cards to and work side-by-side. You are very patient with me and teach me how to be a better artist. I love how you guide people and teach them. You are very good at teaching.
You are my official taste tester! You taste what I make and are always so nice- even when the food is a thumbs down. I love cooking with and for you. There is nothing more special to me than having you sit high on a bar stool and tasting the various foods I try to create.
I love our chats. We often will sit down- just you and I- and talk about school and friends. I hope you know you always have me as a listening ear. Whenever you need me, I’m here. Forever and always.
I admire your bravery. And how you always look at the good in everyone and the good in every situation. You continually teach me how to be a better, and kinder, person. Thank you for your friendship and your love. You are truly a very special six year old.
You told me this year that I’m a different kind of Aunt. I’m a “friend Aunt”. I told you that’s the best kind. We don’t have to love each other, but we choose to love each other. I promise to you that I will always love you. You are my niece and it’s not something I will ever take lightly. You are one of the greatest joys in my life and I know you will always bring me joy.