Next best thing besides waking up happy the day after Christmas …

… is definitely being an aunt, especially to the munchkins that exist in my life. Thanks to my cousin and his dear wife, I have a little nephew and niece. Hopefully, they’ll be more along the way 🙂 If you can’t tell from the pictures already, the both of them are the epitome of monkey-ness and sweetness all rolled into one. And one of my favourite things to do in the world is to watch them play … and smelling their little heads after a day of playing :p Come on, I know I’m not the only nut that does that 🙂

My nephewBrother and SisterMy niece

Watching the two of them always reminds me of times growing up with my sister and my cousins. How we were royally spoiled by our Grandparents, my Granddad in particular. How we were goofy, happy and always laughing. How we’d get into good fights and make up nearly just as quick.

And when I’m with these two, it never fails to amaze me how much love I can feel for the two of them. I would die before seeing something bad happen to either of them. If I could, I grant them every wish but I also know I want them to grow up becoming people with kindness and compassion, so I tamper it with, what I hope is the use of common sense. With them, I’m quickly learning that parenting (even my pseudo type) is not an easy thing to do.

So hats off to all you parents (yes, I’m talking to The Lims, The Geralds, The Lohs, The Tans) out there, especially mine who’ve really had to battle with lots when my sister and I were growing up … let’s just say girls are easy to look after when they’re little but teenage girls are hurricanes in the the making. So raising my sister and I makes WWII seem like a walk in a park … ok, we’re not that bad, just the boys we wanted to date 😉 Even now while we’re in our 30s, it’s not a job my parents have retired from … I guessing it’s one of those vocations that never leave you. Thanks Daddy and Mummy for doing such a great job … … If I don’t say so myself 😉 Okayyy, maybe they should have spent more time on humility but we all can’t be perfect, right?

All said and done, anyone who has little girls (especially two coz a pair of sisters are as unique as it gets … … I already said humility isn’t my strongest trait) and need advice, write me and I’ll pass you my parents’ email addresses 😀