This was taken on a trip back east to visit my family. We had taken a trip to the local mall and they had one of those photo booths. This is me with my niece. She is a teenager now and just received her driver’s license this year. She is my only blood related niece and she is the first born. I remember when she was born feeling overwhelming in love with her. I guess you never know how much you could ever love another human being until a child comes into your life. Its almost scary.
I believe we shopped that day for school clothes. My sister was with my nephew who was maybe 5 or so at the time. When my nephew saw the picture here of me and my neice, he of course wanted to have one too, so back to the other side of the mall we returned.
What I love about these pictures is that they’ve so perfectly caught each of their personalities. My niece is more reserved. She is a thinker. I can see that in this picture. She is very big into softball these days and even gave up a trip to Florida because she didn’t want to miss a game. Talk about dedication!
My nephew, now in his early teens is big into acting now. He is the life of the party and when he landed the role as Wilbur from Charlotte’s Web, he told me he had finally gotten his ‘big break’. LOL. I love the joy on his face in the last picture. It is so complete. We as adults should be so lucky to smile like that and have it be natural.
The two of them have been two of the greatest joys in my life and they are my hope for the future. I keep these pictures on a bulletin board in my laundry room. I remember that day so well. I look at them and think, my, time is going by so fast. They have grown up so much. And man, I look so different from those days, too! I suppose I’ve done some growing up since then as well. At least I hope I have.
This June I will go to visit them and hope to take in my niece’s softball game and also to go to an amusement park with my nephew where we’ll ride roller coasters and eat pizza all afternoon.