In the next few months, our very handsome nephew & his beautiful bride with exchange “I do’s”, marking the last of our 4 to be married.
Our last man standing.
One of the very first posts I wrote, was about my beautiful niece & her journey into motherhood.
It seemed only fitting my nephew receive equal billing on the blog.
For this sappy old gal, milestones like these always cause me to reflect on days gone by, reminding me of how very quickly time passes.
Because we had the benefit of living in the same town as our only niece & nephew, our children grew up together, sharing a unique bond, feeling more like siblings, than cousins.
It seems like only yesterday we were welcoming this handsome devil into our family. Little did we know the joy & the laughter he would bring to our lives.
With our nephew now residing a few provinces away, it is a rare occasion for us to all be together as a family these days, but recently we received a precious gift with an impromptu visit home. Gathering together, the inevitable flow of stories began.
The tales & shenanigans are endless, but in honour of my nephew’s upcoming milestone, I thought it fitting to share one of my personal favourites.
Our boys developed a deep friendship, sparring as brothers sometimes do, but never for more than a moment or two.
With both of the boys sporting a somewhat competitive nature, their friendly tussles sometimes developed into what appeared to be, a fight to the death.
Sharing a fixation for WWF (now WWE), they could often be found taking it to the mat.
This was how we found them on our front lawn one summer day, red-faced & in what can only be described, as a death grip.
Don’t let that smile on the face fool you. I have no proof of the original incident. This was a re-enactment a few years later, most likely mocking me for the day I grounded them from WWF!
Screaming at each other to tag out, neither one was willing to give in, preferring instead to remain in this position until the end of time.
As I stood there hollering like a lunatic, begging them to knock if off, my appeal to their good sense fell on deaf ears.
As it so happened, my husband was quietly working away on a garden nearby, seemingly unconcerned that our boys were about to lose consciousness as a result of holding each other in headlock. I suppose his nonchalance was due to the fact that he too, had grown up with a brother, thus recognising this to be nothing more than an overabundance of testosterone!
Suggesting to him that someone was going to the hospital if we didn’t break up the wrestling move, he stepped in & separated the boys. He was most likely more concerned about suffering the wrath of me, than of the boys hurting themselves!
As limbs untangled & blood rushed back into body parts, I stood in my best power stance. Hands on my hips, I proclaimed there would be no more WWF in our house for the forseeable future! All things resembling anything WWF were all but thrown out!
I am not sure how long I stuck to my guns but my son does remember this “punishment” to this day!
This of course, was not the first, nor would it be the last time they would challenge my parental skills!
Fast forward a few years & we are now preparing for the last of our four to be married.
I think time is the thing that has most surprised me as a parent. When your children are young, it seems a lifetime away before they fly the nest. Looking back, it feels like the clock worked through all of those years in warp speed.
I am so grateful for these four beautiful people being in my life. Filling my days with a lifetime of parenting moments, gifting me more stories than I can remember, making me laugh until my sides hurt, & most importantly, giving me the opportunity to watch you grow & prosper to become the incredible adults you are.
My dear nephew, as you approach this very special milestone, I wish you & “J” a lifetime of absolute joy, the patience to work through life’s challenges, & the benefit of one day having children to fill your hearts with love overflowing, just as you have done with mine.
I love you more than words can say!