I wrote a note to him very similar last night. (Eh, whatever. I wrote a TEXT, because really, isn't that the only way to communicate these days?!) After I sent it, I wanted to "save" it, to remember this day, these feelings and this pride. And so, here it is- wIth some tweaks for privacy.
So.. It's the eve of your 16th birthday. Really?! Seriously?! Nope. I'm not THAT old! Right?!
You were my first nephew, the first time I ever thought- "hey, I guess kids aren't so bad" (before you I'd vowed id never marry or have kids 😉) but you, C, you made me see life a lot differently. Your intuitiveness, your intelligence, your compassion and determination has astounded me from a young age and it continues to with each chapter you begin.
I know I was a lot better aunt before I was a mom, but even though I can't just jump in the car and take you trick or treating, see your school program, make it to your bowling birthday party, or bake cookies with you, (man, I missed a lot of class to trek from Lawrence just to see you!) it doesn't mean I love you any less than I always have.
I'm so very proud of you. For the man you have become and the amazing adult I know you will be. You make me proud to be your Keeks.
And yes, you tower over me, but I will forever be your Aunt KeeKee.
Happy 16th! I can't wait to see what this year brings!
I love you,
Aunt KeeKee, Keeks, Keekers