Becoming an aunt

This morning, after an anxious wait made worse by time zone differences, I became an aunt.

One of the drawbacks of being an expat is precisely this. Missing out on major events at home. Hopefully with Skype, I’ll get to see little A quite a lot, but it is not the same.

Normally I love my nomadic lifestyle but this is tough – to see my godson A and now little A only sporadically.

Still, the A’s have been born at a pretty interesting time, when travel and mobility are the norm. These kids won’t know a time before email, before the internet, before MP3 files and mobile phones. The Berlin Wall coming down, the millennium, the election of the first black president in the US will all be history to them. It boggles the mind.

They also, frankly, have a lot of work to do. They’ve added to an already crowded planet. I’m not sure my own generation is going to step up and save the world. What’s going to face them? Will this recession be a prime opportunity to move things onto a different path? To save water, energy and soil? Hopefully some people will at least keep trying.

If I was a fairy godmother, with magical gifts to bestow on little A, these would be it:

  • Patience: to understand everyone around her
  • Compassion: just because the world is changing fast does not mean it is bad – there is still a lot to be done
  • Courage: to follow her heart
  • Passion: to live life to the fullest every single day and to love what she does
  • A sense of humour: most of all the ability to laugh at herself from time to time

What would you give?

Welcome to the big wide world, little A!

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