I love my niece, N, mostly because she is so adorable. And five. Three and five are my favorite ages for kids.
Disclaimer: I love my kids at all ages, but I like them better on particular days and at certain ages ... and so far, that's three and five. I have a hunch I might like them a lot at 30, too. But we'll see.
Anyway, so N and I were chatting it up this morning and I wanted to capture some of the best moments and record them here for me to reflect back on when she's nine or 14 or whatever. It was a lot to remember, so hopefully I've captured the gist of these stories from earlier today and you'll excuse me if I'm a word or two off on anything. I'm pretty sure I'm close though.
K: When I used to go to elementary school, there was a big tube-tunnel thing where the kindergartners used to hide and kiss each other.
N: Ew. I will not do that!
K: Yeah, that's not good. The kids got in trouble.
me: Definitely save your kisses for your husband, N!
K: Yes, save up your kisses for your future husband. Okay?
N: But I'm never getting married.
K: You're not? What are you going to do?
N: I'm going to live next to Mama forever.
N: When I grow up, I'm going to change my name to Cyan.
me: Cyan? Hmm. I think that means blue. At least that's the color of my blue printer toner: cyan. But I guess it could be a pretty name.
N: Yes, it could if it's my name.
me: Don't you like N?
N: No, not really. I think I like Cyan.
me: Well, okay then.
(At this point in the conversation, her sister, K, was exiting the car to head into school...)
N (to K): Tell all your friends that N says hello!
K: Okay. By-ye! (door shuts)
me (jokingly): Tell all your friends that Cyan says hello, too.
N: I'm still N today. They won't know who Cyan is yet. But someday they will.
While eating a bag of peanuts (one of her favorite snacks), in the morning before school...
N: Can I give E a peanut?
me: Definitely no. Peanuts aren't good for babies.
N: I know some babies who eat peanuts.
me: But not E.
N: Unless she sneaks them.
So grateful it's Friday. Thanks for celebrating my favorite day of the week with me. Even better - tomorrow is J's 8th birthday! I can't wait to help her celebrate.