I can’t believe how fast my week went in Arizona. Living on the east coast with my sister’s family now in the southwest makes me a long-distance aunt. I wouldn’t let distance make me distant. Although it’s not the same as seeing each other whenever we want, I’m thankful for Facebook, Skype and the phone. It’s been a half year since I’ve seen my 4 year old niece and 3 year old nephew and I was fortunate to be able to take care of them this week.
The train park. Riding inside a kid’s train car while holding my head crooked to fit inside. Riding the marry go round and seeing RW show me how to ride his horse by himself for the first time. Being totally silly with them and playing make believe. Speaking in Español. Hearing the kids speak in Spanish makes me happy. HQ’s Spanish accent is far better than mine ever will be. Swimming lessons. HQ is becoming quite the lil’ fish. Doing HQ’s hair each morning. Seeing RW be such a little guy. Getting ice cream with them…strawberry both times. Bath time. Coloring. Cooking meals and seeing how much they love fruits and veggies…cheesy broccoli, tomato cucumber salad, strawberries and kiwis were the winners. Picking out birthday cupcakes on their mom’s birthday and calling her to sing Cumpleaños Feliz…Happy Birthday in Spanish. Our dance party. Seeing them rock out to Call Me Maybe and Never Ever. Bedtime stories, especially reading them the Spanish books. Tucking them in at night. Falling asleep with HQ, sleeping with her last night, and waking up to her hugging me this morning. Lots of hugs and kisses. Hearing all the clever and funny things they have to say. Hearing I love you and this morning hearing “please don’t leave Gaguy. We’re going to miss you so much” Spending an hour with my brother-in-law this morning before leaving for the airport. Our conversation meant a whole lot to me and I’ll always appreciate and remember it. I know I’m going to miss them and look forward to returning to see everyone sooner than later. Next time I look forward to spending time with my sister too. My flight just started boarding so it’s time to close up and head home.
Goodbye. I’m terrible at saying goodbye to people I love. I’ll never master this. I’m better at saying “see you again soon.” If tears run down my face when I say goodbye it’s because I love you. Sad to say goodbye but so thankful for the opportunity this week. What an awesome week, I’ll always remember it. I love you HQ, RW, S & J. xoxo Tia Gaguy.