To The Niece That Hasn't Seen The World Yet

To The Niece That Hasn't Seen The World Yet

Some things we need to say before you're born.
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I know I'm just your aunt and you're not even born yet but I think about you every day. You make me happy, nervous and excited all at once. I am so happy that you will be in the world soon and I am excited to hold you and love you but I am nervous that the country you will live in will continue to fight itself and fall apart before you even learn how to walk. So, this is my letter to you letting you know that no matter what happens in the news, you are safe.

Right now the world is a scary place. With acts of violence, terrorism, and hatred on seemingly every street corner, it can be terrifying to walk down the city streets. This is not the world intended for you but somethings are just out of our control. This is OK though because in a few short months you'll be with us and maybe for those first few moments the world will be at peace.

You will be a world changer.

I say this not because we have already placed unreasonable expectations on your tiny shoulders but because you are the beginning of a new life. Your own life and the lives of your family. Your mom and dad glow with pride every time they talk about you and their pride will only grow as you do. Your grandma and grandpa having been patiently waiting for your arrival and will spoil you the second they meet you (also, don't let grandpa fool you, he is as soft as they come. If he's ever grumpy with you all you need to do is smile at him and his anger will melt. Trust me). All of your aunts, (you're lucky, you have four of us) will hold you and cherish you every moment we can.

Life won't always be easy. Sure, the few first years might be a breeze but you won't even remember those. This is my reminder to you that even when the world may try to bring you down you must rise above. Once you grow older you need to learn to love yourself for who you are. You have two very accepting parents and family so never be afraid to be who you are. Honestly, we're all a bit off-the-rocker so it's just better to join us anyway. And if the world does bring you down. We are all here to help lift you back up.

You are still so small, just the size of a sweet potato, and there is still 4 months until you meet the world but we are ready for you. Even if you hear your mom frantically stressing about you, she will be fine. Her and your dad want to provide the best for you and I know they will. You are so loved and you're not even born.

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Home For The Summer

Home sweet home.

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Now that school is finally over, I packed up all my stuff and finally got to go home and be with my family again. More specifically, I got to see my dog.

Moving out was a hassle. I didn't realize how much crap I actually had. Sure, it started off not too bad when I moved in, but over the course of the year, more and more stuff came into my possession. By the time I was supposed to move out, it was like I had twice the amount of stuff from when I started. It took two days to officially move all of my belongings back home.

Since being home, I've noticed a couple of things.

First of all, my mom missed me a lot. Hi, Mom. :)

It's not like when I went to college, I completely disappeared from my mom's life or anything like that. We talked on the phone often, and she would visit me sometimes to take me and my sister out to dinner or something with our dad. Also, with the number of times I had gotten sick throughout the entire year, it was like every other week I came home.

The first day I came home, she made a run to the store and called me asking if there was anything I needed, and I said not to my knowledge. She came home with a crap ton of my favorite ice cream and snacks, just because.

Another thing she's been doing is cooking every night. My mom works during the week, so understandably when she gets home, she doesn't always feel like slaving away in front of the stove to make dinner. However, for whatever reason, my mom has made it her sole mission to make me gain 20 pounds by the time the fall semester comes around.

She knows I hated the food at school, so whenever she cooks dinner, she mentions that I love being home because I get to have real food. I mean, I'm not complaining. Who doesn't love a homecooked meal?

I can tell my dad is pretty happy about me being home with the new change in the menu.

Second of all, for the time being, I have A LOT of free time.

Now, this will change once I get my summer job, but as of right now, I have nothing to do. Both of my parents work during the week, and I didn't really keep in touch with the majority of my high school peers, so I have no one to hang out with. I mean, I could see some of my college buddies and sorority sisters, but everyone lives far as hell away.

This is kind of difficult for me. Not because I can't just spend time alone; I have no problem with that. However, I'm used to having a full schedule. Aside from just being used to it, I like it. I'm one of those people who likes to keep busy.

When I'm out and about or have a lot of things to do, I feel productive. Now, I just feel lazy because I literally have nothing to do. To try and counteract this, I've resorted to doing a personal project throughout the summer.

I just need something to occupy my time. Boredom sucks.

I'm glad to be home, though. Living at college is great, sure, and you have all this freedom to do whatever you want and you won't get in trouble or whatever, but I don't really care about all of that. Family is very important to me.

My mom, as crazy as she is, is my best friend, I tell her everything. Living away from that can really stink. Makes me wonder if that is why I kept getting sick so much. Like it was my body's way of forcing me to go home and be with my family.

This summer is going to be a much-needed break from school. I'm excited to see where things go.

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