Friday’s are for gratitude here at Betsylife and this week’s Great List is coming at you from the Midwest. I’ve spent my week catching up with some family, first in Chicago and now in Kentucky.
I adore my nieces and nephews, and I got to spend a good deal of time with three of them this week. I love seeing them grow, I love hearing their tiny voices say “Aunt Betsy”, and I love the hugs and kisses, but this week there were a couple of things that nearly made me cry with gratitude.
1. My 7 year old nephew Luke has had a tough time since his twin sisters were born 2 years ago. I always take him on a special date when I’m in town and this trip was no exception. My brother coaches freshman soccer at the high school I went to, so I took Luke to the game. He got to sit on the bench with the team and all the kids were so sweet and gave him high fives and really made him feel special. He got to slap five and say “good game” in the line with the team at the end of the game, and you could just see him beaming. I of course was choking up behind my sunglasses at the kindness of not only my brother’s players, but the other team as well. They weren’t aware of how much this meant to Luke, but I was.
2. We went to a teppanyaki restaurant for dinner, and out of nowhere Luke said, “I think I would like to try sushi” I was bowled over by his boldness, as most 7 year olds I know are not such adventurous eaters, and I KNOW my brother and his wife are not either. It made me feel like a little bit of Aunt Betsy might be rubbing off on him. He didn’t love the sushi, but didn’t spit it out or overreact to it either, but he did inhale steak, onions, zucchini, broccoli and fried rice. I was beyond proud of his enthusiasm for food.
3.I took all 3 kids on a “nature walk” around the big field behind their house one day. When you get the twins’ little hands away from Luke’s legos, he’s actually a very loving an attentive big brother. I love that he calls them ladies, as in “c’mon ladies let’s go look for red leaves” and is dutiful in ensuring their safety. “Now don’t stand on that sewer drain ladies because your foot might get stuck.” I see a lifetime of friendship brewing here.
4. We got to have dinner with my cousin and his wife last night, and meet their sweet baby Caydence. What a charmer! Our meeting was brief but I’m grateful that we got to catch up even for a short while.
I’m off to see my Grandpa, Aunt and Uncle this morning then home to San Diego tomorrow. I’m definitely looking forward to some predictable weather that’s for sure!