One of the many blessings I experienced growing up was playing “Aunt Terry” to my amazing nephew, Christopher! I remember being so excited when I found out my sister was pregnant! A few years after Christopher was born, when my brother-in-law, Jerry, got out of the Army, they lived with my parents for a short period of time (I was still in high school at the time, obviously living at home too!). I was so blessed to have the opportunity to grow close to my nephew, as a result. I remember dancing and singing with him in our living room; throwing him from one hip to the other, while he LAUGHED OUT LOUD to “It’s Still Rock and Roll to Me” by Billy Joel! His precious little giggle changed my life!
I found a video of the song here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TRsZrE6-gz8 (listen Christopher, tell me if you remember, especially 3:10 minutes into the song!)
I remember how much my mom and dad adored having him in our home! When you get older (being a grandparent), you realize what’s most important in life. The silly things that concerning you when you were younger, you realize don’t matter one bit. Now that I’m a grandmother, I can relate to the feeling of complete joy sharing precious (yet, simple) moments of everyday life.
Christopher , I hope you know how very special you were (and always will be) to me! I love you with all my heart!