This morning I woke up and was pleasantly surprised to notice my dinosaur tattoo, which I'd already forgotten administering the previous afternoon.
Isn't that a nice way to start the day, realizing you're actually much cooler than you were able to recall?
Then my nieces came over, which meant many things. It meant swimming, puzzle solving, and pasta making according to a recipe my niece googled for me on her phone. It meant tattoo applying, glitter sprinkling, smoothie making, snuggling, and lots of LOLs.
In a moment of greater sobriety, I'd like to say how wonderful it is to be an aunt. It's a priceless gift, getting to know my amazing nieces and nephews. In a way it's like seeing the best part of my siblings and being reminded how much I love them, marveling at the goodness of life and the hope I feel for the future.
My youngest niece sent me this thought provoking sentiment several moments after leaving our home.
If no other good thing happened, this text alone makes my day.
But good things did happen. No sooner had my nieces and nephew left than there was a knock at the door. Standing before me was the son of a dear friend, the coolest, funniest kid you could ever imagine. He'd found a dragonfly floating in his grandparent's pool earlier that day and thought of me.
Dear reader, for someone to behold the grandeur of such a creature...and think of me? Stop the world! It's not possible to deserve such goodness! It's too much, I can't bear it.
Some days, this is just the way it goes. There's too much goodness and it leaves me bewildered, overwhelmed, wondering how such things can possibly be. Even in my hardest moments, I cannot completely abandon these thoughts. The beauty of the earth insists upon it--this quiet, detailed, unspeakably gorgeous reminder of a great and deeper goodness.
I don't expect life to be without sorrow or pain, I see it also exists in bewildering degrees, and I have a healthy respect for the severity of being tested in this arena. But I see goodness is the constant, stronger force, it will never fail, and it's where I hope I will always put my trust.
Today, with its buoyancy of dinosaur tattoos, nieces' hugs, and such a touching, exquisite gift, was a reminder of these things.