Wednesday, January 03, 2007

To My Niece

Welcome to the world, Little One.

Your father, my brother, is a good man. I've known him since he was about your size. He's a little new at this 'parenthood' thing, so don't be too hard on him. Your mother went through hell for you to get here, and is prepared to move heaven and earth for you. You're a very wanted baby.

You have a bigger cheering section than you can see right now. Some of us are far away, but we've been pulling for you since you were just a twinkle in your mother's eye. Today you're making people smile in several states.

You have a couple of cousins far away who are very eager to meet you. The Boy is a gentle giant, and The Girl is amazed that somebody could be younger than her. You have a beautiful aunt and an uncle who means well. I'll pull you aside and tell you stories about your Dad that will embarrass him terribly. Then we'll cackle and play with your cousins.

Your grandparents are absolutely giddy.

The world you've been born into really isn't worthy of you. We're working on it. When you're old enough, we'll ask for your help. You'll huff and roll your eyes. It'll be okay. Indulge us.

And go easy on your Mom and Dad. You're lucky to have such good ones. Even though they'll tell you, and you'll think you know, you have no idea how happy you've made them, just by showing up.

May you someday know the joy you've brought, Little One.