It’s no secret: time flies when you’re watching loved ones grow

I got to spend a little time with my oldest brother’s two kids last evening. I had gone out to dinner with one of my oldest friends, and then had plans to swim with my sister-in-law. Since I had some free time between dinner and swimming, I headed over to my brother and sister-in-law’s house to hang out.

When I got there, my brother and his two kids were playing cards, and my sister-in-law was teaching their puppy a new trick. I always have a good feeling being at their house. It reminds me of our house growing up… lots of fun, lots of laugther, lots of love.

It also reminds me, whenever I spend time with any of my nieces and nephews, just how fast time flies.

When my brother and sister-in-law had their daughter, I became an Auntie for the first time. That was over 8 years ago now, and it still sometimes feels like yesterday that I was in the delivery with them, witnessing her birth.

I’ll never, ever forget the moment she entered the world. It was just me, my brother, my sister-in-law, the doctor and a few nurses… and this beautiful girl came into the world to our sheer delight, amazement and wonder. I was there to video and take pictures of the experience.

Watching her last night, rehearsing her lines for an upcoming play she’s in, singing a song she learned for the play, asking me if I’m going to be at her swim meet this weekend (I am), hearing her re-cap the Father-Daughter Dance she and my brother went to last week with such excitement… I just sit back in awe sometimes about how time can turn a tiny human being I not-so-long-ago held in my arms into a beautiful, delightful, incredible 8-year-old little woman.

I just feel so lucky to be her Aunt. To watch her grow, watch her discover, watch her shine.

It’s no secret: time flies when you’re watching loved ones grow was last modified: March 15th, 2010 by Jane Couto Govednik
SHOWHIDE Comments (9)
  1. Janie – What a super awesome note! She loves you too! I will read this to her in the morning!
    Love you!
    Nik

  2. That’s so sweet, Jane. Watching loved ones grow is certainly a bittersweet way to mark the time as it goes by – and it really does fly.

  3. That about sums it up with watching your children grow also.

    You turn around and they are beautiful, sweet, wonderful, loving adults that were only little kids just……….. yesterday!

    It does go by so fast.

  4. I agree with C. Reading your blog, Audrey’s blog and your moms blog has been an awesome experience for me seeing how much love you all have for each other.

  5. I know exactly how you feel.

    My daughter is eight going on eighteen, and I’m constantly amazed by the swing between her childish self and the maturity & empathy she often displays.

    {not to mention her unspoken crush on Zac Effron – hell, even *I* think he’s cute!}

It’s no secret: time flies when you’re watching loved ones grow was last modified: March 15th, 2010 by Jane Couto Govednik