You are just a day or two over 5 weeks old. And we still haven’t officially met, in person and face to face, but I’m working on that. As soon as I can head that way with your Uncle Tyler, we will be there for a visit. And I am so excited to meet you!
I wanted to write you a quick letter because I know all logical thought and ability to express myself verbally will probably leave as soon as I get to hold you for the first time. It’s the hair. So I wanted to tell you a couple of things really quick, and hopefully in a week or two, when the dust settles at your place, we can come say hey.
You need to know that even though we haven’t met yet, I already know we will be best friends. This is mostly because you are already the coolest little girl on the freaking planet. And I know that for a fact because I know your parents and grandparents. It would be really hard not to be the coolest chick out there with that lineage, sister. Being that fabulous will be hard, but I know you have it in you to rock it. That being said, if you ever need to talk and you don’t know if you can say it to your parents, I’m your girl. I can keep a secret and I am a pretty darn good shoulder to cry on if the need arises. Just keep in mind that if A) that secret involves a boy (or girl), and B) additionally said boy (or girl) has broken your heart and that is why you’re crying on my shoulder, it might just go down. When it comes to my family and my friends, I have no chill. I will listen to your secret, I will wipe away your tears, I will fix you a cup of hot chocolate and tuck you in to watch a good movie, then I will hop in the car, pick up your mom and we will wreak havoc on that little stain that thought he (or she) could hurt you.
You need to know that you always have a place to stay. There are a lot of people in this world that care an awful lot about you, and I am just one, but no matter what happens, you can come here any time, day or night, sun, wind, rain, fire, or zombie apocalypse, what have you. And you can call anytime. I will have your back no matter what. Uh, let me amend that: I will have your back and support you in any and all ways that I can, but if you are for some reason fighting with your parents and I think what you just did is a little on the not so bright side, girl let me tell you that my door is open, but I’m calling your dad.
When you are here, there are of course different rules than at home. Want ice cream or cookies for breakfast, sister we do that all the time. Want to stay up past your bedtime watching old movies? For sure, and we can sleep in a little the next day too. Well, you can; Uncle Tyler and I have farm chores we have to do. But the big rules still apply; there is no difference there or here. Be kind, be brave, work hard, have fun, giggle or cry when you need to, take whatever you want to eat, but if you can’t eat it, don’t throw it away, give it to the chickens. Unless it’s cake, then you give it to me.
And no matter what happens, I am your aunt. I don’t know if you’ve had a chance to check out the definition in the dictionary of “aunt”, since you’ve had such a busy social calendar the last few days, but the Webster’s definition of aunt is as follows:
Aunt: (noun): 1. A person who is fun, silly, wacky, and full of love.
2. A person who would move mountains, bridge rivers, cross oceans and bring down the heavens to protect you, but who will also back your parents if you’re being a crazy person.
3. A person much like a sister, who is just older and (hopefully) a little wiser. A person who keeps your favorite books on the shelf, games in the den, and movies next to the TV at her house. A person who will obsessively take pictures of you, especially when you’re visiting and playing with the farm animals, because there is nothing cuter than kids and farm animals. Sorry about that last part, but you have been forewarned.
Love you always,