Today I am a great aunt! My nephew and his wife this morning had a happy, healthy baby boy, the first of a new generation of our family. Needless to say, everyone is thrilled.
This particular nephew was the first child born in his own generation, the first child of my husband's sister. How well I recall meeting him and bouncing him on my knee when he was only six months old. Was that really 25 years ago?
Great aunt. It conjures up chintz pillows and tea cozies, African violets and small mutant dogs, doesn't it? And wow ... hubby's baby sister is now a grandmother. All of us just moved up a notch on the Old-o-meter.
Now that I think about it, I'm not sure I'm ready for this.