Having just returned from a restorative family vacation, I am back in Los Angeles very much missing the wonderful people that are my family. More specifically, I am missing my two little cousins, Alexandra and Sofia.
Every year, the whole family makes the effort to get somewhere out of the ordinary. So far we have made it to Bora Bora, Florence, Venice, and almost every year, Carlsbad, San Diego. But this year the trip was different, namely because Jandra and Sof have become wonderful, insightful little people. At ten and seven, they are thinking for themselves, unabashedly opinionated, compassionate, loving, and a ton of fun. Having known them since birth, I'm not sure why I am so surprised to now know them as mini-grownups. They offer a totally different perspective on things, usually reminding me to lighten up and/or "just do it already!" It feels like only yesterday I was changing their diapers and listening to them say my name for the first time.
They bring out the goofy in me, dare me to take risks, and remind me that while I may be their senior, a big part of me is still very much a little kid. Sometimes all you need is to build a big fort, tell ghost stories, and laugh yourself silly :)