Monday, July 27, 2009

Best Aunt Ever

I may not be a mom, but I am the best aunt ever. Well, that is, if you ask my niece and nephew. Thank you, thank you, thank you to my sister and brother-in-law for having such amazing and sweet kids. I honestly love these two as much as any kids I could give birth to.

Besides, the fun aunts get the best of both worlds. We get to love, play and spoil them rotten, and then return them to their parents. When their mom and dad are the most uncool people ever, I will still be the "bestest aunt in the universe."

My niece once told someone that I was better than Santa Claus, and my nephew says I'm beautiful and skinny - what's not to love?

These lights of my life make me realize that an aunt is an extension of their mom - and sometimes I'm even better than her. I can enrich their lives in many ways, but they bring me more joy than I could ever imagine.

How many parents do you know who get in the pipe-hanging-from-the-ceiling-thingy at Chuck E. Cheese? Who else can take them on a special aunt/niece 10-year old birthday trip to New York City?

And, sometimes it's the 7-year old who has the best perspective. After talking to my sister about why Jack Bauer and I don't have children, he was sad because he said we'd be a great mommy and daddy. But, then he lit up and told her "At least they have me and E (his sister)."

I couldn't agree more.


  1. I am here for ICLW. This is a wonderful post. I feel the same way about my nieces. But they can't really talk yet. I hope they tell me I am skinny one day too. We adopted our son in 2008 from S. Korea.
    You can learn more about our experience on my blog. If you get a chance, check out my non profit website and blog. WE need help spreading the word.

  2. Your post is so true. Aunts somedays feel so special and on other days they revert to yearning to become moms.

    All the best to you in your pursuit to become Mom.

  3. I love this post because I love being an aunt and I am also blessed with the greatest nieces and nephews. The comment that your niece said you were better than Santa Claus literally brought tears to my eyes. Now that is a serious compliment. And well deserved, too.

  4. Lily - I knew you'd relate to this one. Thanks for the comment!

  5. What you posted- those are the reasons I want to be an aunt. It'll never happen, but I want to be an aunt. We always want what we can't have, huh?

  6. I'm with you on the perks of Auntie-hood. I have 6 nieces and nephews with another one due any day and I couldn't love them any more. Though it's nice to be able to spoil them and then hand them back :)


  7. This post warmed my little heart. =) From the mouths of babes.

    I'm super late in saying this, but THANK YOU for stopping by my blog during ICLW! I had intended to catch up with this month's list...and then tragedy struck. =(

    I'm hoping so hard that your journey toward parenthood ends at destination BABY (in whatever way possible)!