Letter to My New Nephew

March 15, 2011 at 7:29 am | Posted in Family Ties | 4 Comments
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Dear Liam Daniel,
You came into this world on March 13th, 2011 at 1:29 a.m. weighing 7 pounds and six ounces.  I first saw you when you were twelve hours old and all I could think was how perfect you are.  Ten tiny fingers, ten tiny toes, resting peacefully.  You won’t remember the day you were born, but you need to know that you changed a lot of lives on that day.  On that day, many people opened their hearts and found more love than they knew they ever had, and it was all for you.

To the outside world, you may have looked like a lot of other babies, but I knew better.  As soon as I saw you I knew you were an angel.  You came here to bring great hope and happiness.  You came here to be loved, and to give love in return.  You came here to make the world a better place. And while you may not necessarily save the world, you have saved a family and created a new family.  You made me an aunt, my brother, a father, my sister-in-law, a mom, and my parents, grandparents.  From this day forth, you will be my strength on the tough days, you will be my light in the deepest darkness, you are my wish for a better day.

You are a lucky baby.  You have been born into a multicultural family.  You will be fluent in both Spanish and English.  You will have many cousins to play with and learn from.   Most of them will be from your mother’s side. Your father has a very small family, but we have just as much love for you as the rest of your family.

My dearest Liam, you need to know that the world we live in is not an easy one.  You will experience a lot in your life. You will learn a lot, and it won’t ever get easier.  But you will always prevail and you will become strong.  Liam, I can’t say that you won’t ever have problems or experience adversity, because you will, but you will have the love, support and confidence to triumph.  Life really is a beautiful thing.

Liam, you have given so much to this family in just the few short days you have been with us.  Your family has experienced some very tough hardships and sometimes it’s difficult to even get out of bed, but just knowing you exist makes every day brighter.

I can’t wait to hold you, and love you, and teach you.  I will always be here for you, as will the rest of the family.  Thank you for being with us, and thank you for making me an aunt.  I love you.

The Art of Always Wanting More

February 17, 2011 at 7:32 am | Posted in Life and Living | 12 Comments
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one of my favorite signs

It’s not about being selfish. It’s not about being spoiled.  It’s about wanting to live the best life one can possibly live.  It’s the feeling you get when you reflect on your past and think, “Did I do enough?” “Did I have enough fun?” “Did I live enough?”

The stories you tell when you are older are made when you are young, so it’s only fair to want to make the most out of your youth, because you can’t turn back.  Of course, you always could have done more. You could have had more crazy nights when you broke all the rules.  You could have had more romantic moments.  You could have taken more risks.  You could have had more laughs.  But, from what you do remember, was it enough?

I for one don’t want to stop making those kinds of memories.  I have some great ones already, but I’m not passed the point of not being able to make more. I don’t really know when you reach that point. I just sort of imagine that it exists, but maybe it doesn’t have to.  But when I think back to the memories I have made I do wonder if I did enough.  I call this the art of always wanting more.  It’s not about regret.  It’s about having a thirst for life.  I want to spend the rest of my life learning and experiencing all that I can.  I want to travel, try new food, see live concerts, meet new people, I want it all!

I want to be tired when I am old, not because I am bored. I want to be tired from having lived so damn much.  We may never know the meaning of life, but I plan not to waste away while I try to find out.

I will take pictures. I will make home movies.  I will say what I want, even if I regret it later.  I won’t hold back out of fear.  I will enjoy some down time watching tv. I will work hard.  I will sleep. I will love. I will cry.  I will tell my children and their children all about the endless possibilities life has to offer, even when it seems like there is nowhere to go.  We all get stuck sometimes, but life does eventually go on, and even these memories have a place in the rocking chair of old age.

And I will always want more, because there’s no such thing as too much living.

First of the Month

February 1, 2011 at 7:27 am | Posted in Life and Living | 2 Comments
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First day on earth
First look at the world
First cry
First smile

First words
First walk
First laugh
First birthday

First day of school
First time reading
First pet
First friend

First bike ride
First sleigh ride
First swim
First dive

First crush
First kiss
First love
First fight

First heartbreak
First time moving on

First car
First road trip
First freedom
First responsibility

First home away from home
First feeling of missing home
First time leaving everything behind
First chance to start anew

First interview
First job
First apartment
First roommate

First long term boyfriend
First friend married
First baby born
First cycle begins again

Firsts become repeats
and seconds
and lasts
and somehow, new

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