Friday, September 25, 2009
John (Caliman1) got me thinking about what I am leaving behind as a legacy and I also gave it a lot of thought and here is what I have:
I have a beautiful niece that is now 24 years old and when she was a child I spent lots of time with her (Just like I do now with the younger ones) and when she turned about 16 it seems like she disappeared into her "own" life. I did not see her much and my heart was really broken because I really treasured the time that I spent with her.
We now see each other more, and recently we spent the day together and as we were sitting together in a restaurant she handed me a card and in that card she told me how much I meant to her because of everything that I did for her, and do you know what was important to her? Not the places I took her to, but how I was willing to spend so much time with her and teach her the right ways to do things and how to treat people. Her parents were both working full-time and I don't know, they just did not seem to spend much time with her, so I was lucky enough to see her a lot.
I think that is what I am trying to leave behind in all of my niece's and nephews is to be as good of a person that you can be, and to love God above all things. I want them to remember how I was always willing to listen to them and to have fun with them. It is a little easier for them all to communicate with me because I am not a parent.
Don't get me wrong I firmly believe in discipline and they know that we will all have a lot more fun if they behave! My nephew is a great tester and he has really tested my patience in the past but now that he is 12 we seem to see eye to eye! I do tend to spoil my niece's and nephew when they are with me, but I think everyone needs a little spoiling once in a while! What I love the most is hearing all of the giggling and just having a good time!