My day was totally made yesterday. It was made happy. It was made sad. It was made sweet. My mom called me after work yesterday because my 4-year-old niece, Vanessa, wanted to talk to me!
Our conversation went something like this:
Vanessa: Hey Manda!
Me: Hey babycakes! (that's my nickname for her)
V: I wanted to sing you a song..
Me: Well I'd love to hear it!
V: Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star . . . (she sings me a variation of the song that I'd never heard before)
Me: Yay! Did you learn that at school?
V: Yeah. We sang it in school today. I don't remember all the words though.
Me: That's okay. I'm so proud of you. You're such a big girl.
V: Well I'm a little bigger girl. I'm still only four years old.
Me: You're right. Did you have fun in school today?
V: Yeah. I made new friends.
Me: Oh really? Who are your new friends?
(she tells me the names of her new friends)
Me: Wow. That's cool. Did you get to play with them during recess?
V: No. It was raining so we couldn't play outside. But we played inside.
Me: That's great!
V: Manda, I want you come back to where you were.
Me: Where I was? You mean to Austin?
V: Yeah. I want you come back. You're too far away.
Me: Well . . .I know. I know. But I live here now. But I'll get to come see you at Christmas time and we can hang out together then. Is that okay?
V: You're too far away.
Me: I know that baby, but I'll get to see you soon enough. And I promise we'll spend a lot of time together.
V: I love you Manda.
Me: I love you too babycakes.
V: Do you want to talk to Annabelle?
(Annabelle is Vanessa's 7 1/2 month old baby sister)
Me: Of course I do! I love you babe.
V: I love you too!
Then I got to listen as my mom and Vanessa tried to tickle Annabelle so I could hear her laughing. In the background I hear Vanessa: "Come on Annabelle. You can do it. Tickle Tickle. Talk so Aunt Manda can hear you."
It was bittersweet. Oh how I can't wait to see them again. It's always tough dealing with the long distance. But I know that when I see them again, it will be so worthwhile. :D