Posted on July 23, 2012 - by Kim
Now you may think it impossible. Then again, you don’t know my nephew and niece. They are, without a doubt, the two most intelligent children in the universe. Well, at least in my eyes they are.
Though neither has been in my life all that long, they have both taught lessons I would never have learned without them. How to love unconditionally. That you are never too old to get down in the floor to play. That it is socially acceptable to throw one’s arms open wide and come running to offer their favorite aunt a hug. That a lap will grow to accommodate two of their size. That my brother has, indeed, grown to be a fine man who loves them, his wife, and even his bossy, know-it-all older sister with all his heart.
They are the conglomeration of the best parts of my brother and sister-in-law, and even possess a healthy dose of their Aunt Kim in their genetic make-up and their developing personalities (Lord help the world at large). They are something pretty special, this Benjamin and this Robyn. They make me want to be an even better person. To love harder and laugh longer and live to a ripe old age, just to see what kind of children, they and their chosen ones will beget one day.
Right after Benjamin was born, a friend told me that while her children were her life, her nephew and niece were her heart. And she has never been more correct.
According to Isaiah 11:6 (NIV), “The wolf will live with the lamb; the leopard will lie down with the goat, the calf and the lion and the yearling together; and a little child will lead them.” And I have no doubt. Benjamin and Robyn will be leading that parade, with a very proud aunt walking beside them every step of the way.