Friday, July 26, 2013

Aunthood is a Gift - I'm a #SavvyAuntie

On June 28, 2010, my life changed forever. On that day, Parker was born, and I became an Aunt. I'd never felt love like that before. Then, on August 4, 2012, I got to experience becoming an Aunt again when Maggie was born. Both times, it was love at first sight, and I knew my life would never be the same. 

Being an Aunt is truly special. The feelings I have about being an Aunt, and the joy that it brings into my life are almost indescribable. No matter how bad my day is, when Parker crawls up in my lap to give me a hug, or Maggie blows me a kiss, it is instantly a million times better. The other day, I was spending time with them and I had to leave to go to class... as I was leaving, Parker said, "Wait Crystal, I want to kiss you!" Those kisses, from that three year old little boy, mean more to me than any kisses I've ever had. 

Earlier this week, I turned to Twitter to ask the Aunts, what their favorite part of being an Aunt is. Lori from a crazy walk on the safe side commented on those kisses too. She said: 
I don't get to see my nieces and nephew as much as I'd like, but I love how excited they always get to see us on can count on lots of hugs, kisses and unconditional love. Beach trips and playing in the ocean with them is my favorite!
Unconditional love... that's what it is. I'm lucky enough to live close to my niece and nephew, so I get those little reminders of unconditional love often. If a few days go by without me seeing them, I miss them so much. Even now that Parker is being a brat sometimes (three year olds are moody!) and Maggie is fussy from teething, just being around them makes my heart happy.

If you've been reading this blog for any amount of time, you know that I struggle with not being a mother. I recently wrote about how I was the only one, of three granddaughters without children. When I was thinking about this post, it hit me. I might be the only one who isn't a mom, but I am the only one that has been given this gift of Aunthood. I take great pride in being an Aunt. I'm not their mom, but I love these kids with all of my being. I didn't give birth to them, but they are mine!

This Sunday is Auntie's Day -- a day dedicated to honoring and celebrating Aunts and Godmothers. This day was started 5 years ago by Melanie Notkin. She is the go to expert on Aunts... she even wrote a book about it. "Savvy Auntie: The Ultimate Guide for Cool Aunts, Great-Aunts, Godmothers, and All Women Who Love Kids" is a great book, and resource for Aunts. I read it when it first came out, and loved it. I would highly recommend it.  It's kind of like a "how to be an Aunt" book.

Not only did Notkin write the book, she created a whole online community of Aunts... an Auntourage , if you will... Check out the Savvy Auntie website, and Facebook page. You can also follow Melanie on Twitter and Instagram. (She's not paying me to say all of this or anything... I just think she's awesome, and want to make other Aunts aware!)

So take some time out of your day on Sunday to honor the Aunts in your life... whether they are your Aunt, or your children's Aunts. It doesn't have to be anything over the top... just let them know that they are loved and appreciated. You will make an Auntie's Day!

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