I’ve been waiting a long time to meet this little angel, about five years.
You see, the moment when TC and Carrie started dating, we all knew they’d get married, and we all hoped they’d one day have a baby. So, I was thrilled when they announced to Grant and I this past winter that they were expecting. And, I was over the moon when I found out it was a little girl!
I did a lot of thinking about what I’d say to her when I met little Miss Maggie, but as I expected, when I did have the chance to hold her in my arms I forgot everything. In fact, the love that filled my heart at the very moment seemed SO big that it seemed to consume the whole world.
So I wrote down a few very important things.
I’m your Aunt Melissa. And no, we’re not related by blood, but I’ve found out over the years that families transcend the traditional boundaries. And I love you just as much as family.
I promise to sing you John Denver songs when you’re crying. I suspect that my off key voice will stop you and make you wonder what on earth could create such a sound and John Denver lyrics, let’s face it, are some of the sweetest, loving and hopeful words ever. It’s my secret weapon for crying babies.
I promise to buy you ice cream on your first day of school for the rest of your life. As a matter of fact, I promise to buy you ice cream anytime you want it. And, I’ll even take you out of school occasionally so we can do this (shhhh…don’t tell your parents!). Some of my best memories are sitting at over a bowl of ice cream and telling my sister and mom the happenings of my day. I hope we can have some of those special moments too.
I promise to share with you some of my treasured secrets: my mom’s recipe for chocolate chip-pecan-oatmeal cookies, how to call in chickadees to your bird feeder, and how to say “Go Dawgs” at just the right time to make your Mom and Dad laugh.
I promise to support you in whatever brings you joy and happiness. Especially if it includes going to the University of Georgia. 🙂
I promise to let you cry on my shoulder when a someone breaks your heart. And I promise that you’ll find your perfect someone one day, and I’ll remind you of this in your dating years.
I promise to tell you funny and sweet stories about your Mom and Dad, how they met and fell in love. I’ll also tell you about how they were so happy when they learned about you. I’ll also tell you of how they both cried the day they met you; they thought you were the sweetest and most beautiful thing they had ever seen. And, they were right.
Welcome to the world my sweet girl, I can hardly wait for the days to come!
With love always ~ “Auntie” Melissa