Sunday, June 9, 2019

Toy Adventures

My nephew is the love of my life. He is my person. He says goodbye to me when I go off to work and is often the first to welcome me home after a long day at the office. He kisses me goodnight practically every evening and hangs out with me a lot when I’m home. We watch TV, play Jenga and other games and draw together. So, when this little one asks me a favor, you can bet that I will say yes as long as it is something that is possible. 

A few months ago, he gave me one of his toys, a turtle. He asked me to bring it with me to work and to let it join me all day. I decided to take photos of that little turtle as I went about my day: I took a photo on the way to work, while at was at the office, while I was at a meeting and when I went on the road for some work errands. The little one had such a good time watching what his turtle was up to during the day. I loved that it made him happy to see that I made an effort to give his turtle a good time. It also gave him an idea of what I did when I was not at home too. 



I think the turtle a big success because a few weeks later, he asked me to bring along another toy, this time it was a stegosaurus (he is very into dinosaurs right now). Again, I brought it with me everywhere. Good thing that I had a lot of work errands to attend to that day so I was able to take photos with the toy (the little one calls him “Stegy”) at all sorts of places. Even my co-workers were enjoying what I was doing because they eventually ended up suggesting places where I could take my photos while I was out and about with them. They even became the ones to remind me to take a photo of Stegy at a couple of stops.


Again, my nephew loved the photos that I took and enjoyed finding out what Stegy was up to while he was away. I have to be honest, at one point I think I forgot the toy somewhere and I ended up stopping and retracing my steps to figure out where it was. I almost lost the little thing! I was in such a panic! Good thing I found it again and that no one picked it up for themselves.  

I ended up looking silly a couple of times when I took the photos for my nephew but I didn’t mind. I really just love the kid and I’m more than happy to do something to put a smile on his face whenever I can. After all, time flies by so quickly and he’ll grow up and I won’t have the kind of time that I have with him right now. I want to enjoy every moment with him when I can.  


I don’t have children of my own so the kids of my siblings are the closest that I can get to having kids of my own. When my other nephew and niece were little, I also made sure that I did things to bond with them the way I’m doing now. I feel that it is important at this stage in their lives to be able to give them the good memories and quality time that I share with them. I want to be able to give them moments that they will remember fondly when they grow up. I hope the little things like this will matter to them in the long run. I know that it all matters to me. 
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