I happen to be very short for an almost 30 year old. My daughters’ aunt is 11 years old. She’s not my biological sister, but I will always see her as such. She is almost my height, but luckily her feet are about 5 sizes smaller than mine. There’s my street cred.
Everytime I see her I’m afraid she’s going to be too cool to want to hang out with me, but it’s never the case. This week we hung out together and as I was leaving for the night she gave me a hug and called me her BFF. I could have burst into tears, literally. I always get emotional around her, for sure it’s related to my memories of being her age.
Other things she did that helped to restore my faith in humanity:
1. She beat-boxed
2. She entertained herself in the pool for an hour and a half
3. She played hide-and-go seek with my daughters in the hotel room
4. She drew cool pictures on a notepad
5. She constantly went back and forth to the hotel lobby to bring everyone tea
6. She danced with my girls and made her own rap
7. She helped my daughter sleep without me by putting her favorite song on her ipad or some device(I’m too uncool to know)
8. She did gymnastics inside and outside of pool
9. She marveled at the rain and ran inside excitedly to show us a rainbow
And now, it is her birthday, and I’m going to try to find some cool music and a kindle book to send to her email, because she likes alternative music, she’s very musical and can read music as well as play by ear. Also, she likes to read.
Did I mention she’s eleven? This is a tough age and she’s handling it so well. Of course she hasn’t started school yet and she’s starting a new one this year, but with music and books and email I am confident I can succeed at this new BFF relationship, since we are no longer quite sisters, though I’ll always see her as such.
Book and music recommendations for eleven-year-olds would be appreciated.
- Eleven days until…. (fitnstitchin.wordpress.com)