Tonight we gathered for a birthday celebration. My sister Suzi has a way of hosting that always feels like time stands still. She effortlessly serves dinner and makes the annual Aunt Dot Brandy Alexander as if it was as easy as pouring orange juice.
This allows those of us sharing the evening in their home the opportunity to just be. Tonight, shortly after I got there, Isaiah age 9 came over to share the chair with me. Isaiah is a great listener and observer of so much. He says very little but doesn’t hesitate to engage in the conversation when he has something to say. He is interested and attentive and easily fits into the conversation.
And so as we enjoyed Happy hour, dinner, and sat together some more during desert, Isaiah sat close to me. I just can’t get enough of those sweet moments. As an Aunt of kids who are now as old as 22, I am sometimes sad at how fast they grow up. Although I love something about every age they are, there is nothing like the closeness of just being together.
And so, if you have these younger ones in your world, be sure to pause and enjoy the sweet moments that come in spontaneous ways. Marvel at the tender hearts that beat in these young bodies and be sure to let them know you love them.
Thanks Isaiah Edward for making my night extra special.