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The League of Spinster Aunts

It is Valentine’s Day and, in the spirit of spinster aunts from time immemorial, I plan to spend it babysitting my nephew. 

It is actually quite a good gig. Never mind that in order to get it, I had to remind my brother a holiday called Valentine’s Day was coming up and then volunteer to drive across the state to watch his kid on my own dime. It will be worth it. There is competition for the status of Best Spinster Aunt. (Truly, there are 5 of us.) And I figure, a best defense is a good offense. Gotta start while the nephew is young. 

Happy Valentine’s Day, y’all.

Oh, and for the record, if you Google “spinster aunts” in the hope of finding some great memes, nothing comes up. But there are a lot of pictures of the aunts from Arsenic and Old Lace and ya know…that’s not a bad role to aspire to. 

Nephew Time

I got to babysit my one-year-old nephew yesterday ❤ It was wonderful. He is adorable and very well behaved. 

And clearly he was very excited to visit his Tante Amy because he pooped three times while I was watching him. 

We went to visit Auntie Bethany at work and he brought joy to everyone with his adorable, shy grin. I think stores should pay people to walk around with cute babies. It would make life so much better for everyone. 

It was just great. I love that kid so much. Exactly what I needed for post-final recovery! I think I need to kidnap him for the next two weeks. He recharges the soul. 

Nephew’s Tears

“Bwaaaaaa! Ma-ma! Bwaaaaaa!!!”

I can hear my 8-month old nephew’s sobs coming from my Mom’s phone. My sister-in-law does an incredible job updating us each day with pictures and videos of Devin. And, as he becomes more mobile and finds himself caged in, they frequently involve his attempts at escape and subsequent irritation at being prevented. 

Our reactions to his videos fall into a pattern. First, alarm. 

“Oh no! Why is he crying???” 

Then, once we realize he’s just being denied something, laughter. His sobs suddenly turn funny. They’re so cute! 

Being an aunt is so fun.

Crazy Excited Aunt Status

Me: * bursts into apartment complex leasing office * “Has anyone turned in a set of keys?”

Front desk ladies: “Nope!”

Me: “It was a long shot. I lost mine and need to catch a bus in 10 minutes but I san’t find them anywhere!”

Ladies: “We can lend you a set for the weekend.”

Me: * GASP * “Would you? You see, my nephew was just born and I want to go meet him.”

*beaming smiles all around*

Ladies: “Just one moment!”

Me: “He was over 9 pounds!”

Polite smiles. 

“And he’s the first grandchild on both sides.”

Interest visibly diminishes. 

“And there are 9 aunts and uncles! He’s going to be so loved.”

Forced smiles slip. 

“And I can’t wait to meet him but I have to catch this bus to get to the other bus stop to make it in time…”

Ladies: “Here are your keys!” 

Unspoken: Please leave now

Me: * runs around some more *

* catches bus * 

Me to bus driver: “So I’m going to go meet my nephew…”

Interest visibly diminishes.

Me: “He was just born. Over 9 pounds!”


Maybe next time I will bring pictures to show them all 😉