Sunday, March 1, 2020

1 Big Sister + 1 Big Brother = Big's Day (aka Nephew Bonding)


Blueberry ice cream
I have two nephews. This is of my older nephew, E. He just turned four on February 14th, Valentine's Day. Yesterday E turned in his birthday coupon for a Big's Day.

One of my auntie goals is to create experiential ways for us to bond. Since I'm the big sister in my family and he's the big brother in his, I thought of the concept of Big's Day. Small simple days with just of the two of us to have some quality time to bond over being the oldest child in our families.

Yesterday E turned in his birthday coupon for a Big's Day. He has shown a love of art lately and I gifted him a painting pottery session for his birthday. We visited the local pottery painting shop at the mall. Neither of us had been had this experience before. As we entered, we were guided to a table and then told to choose our object to paint. If you haven't visited one of these shops before, there is an insane variety of objects you can decorate. It can even be a bit overwhelming. From fire trucks to frogs to plates. From olive oil bottles to butterflies to bowls. E chose an ice cream cone to adorn with five delicious colors of glaze.

A brilliant Big's Day 
The shop assistant told him he before painting, we had to wash the cone with a sponge to remove the dust. After this direction, we were told we needed to add three coats of glaze to obtain a strong color after his ice cream was fired in the kiln. As E and I worked together through the pottery painting process, I was reminded of how cultivating my auntie relationship with him has some similarities.

I recently moved closer to home. Closer to my family. Initially, I felt a bit distant from him since we only really knew one another from time together during vacations and connecting weekly during a FaceTime chat. But like the process of glazing, where you add layers of paint to enrich your pottery item, we too can achieve this beauty. Each time we visit the local playground, learn about nature center animals, visit the zoo and paint pottery, we too are creating stronger bonds. Just like E's ice cream cone will be more brilliant from adding the required three layers of glaze, our relationship will too have greater depth and strength each Big's Day celebration. I'm looking forward to tasting these vibrant bonds.

7 comments:

  1. This is a lovely slice, and your nephew is lucky to have an aunt who values experiences more than stuff. Your metaphor is wonderful and reminds me of the time I spent w/ two nieces over the years.

    —Glenda (welcome wagon)

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    1. Thanks for the welcome Glenda! When I wrote this, I thought other aunties and uncles might have similar feelings.

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  2. What a great idea... lucky little guy to have such an aunt as you. And because of this slice, I know you will say “I am the lucky one.” It’s a relationship that will enrich both your lives through the years as days like this one add up.

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    1. Thanks for stopping by Diane. You're right! I definitely feel like I'm the lucky one.

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  3. What a great day your nephew had, he'll remember it forever! Pottery painting sounds like a whole lot of fun!

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    1. Thanks for stopping by Celia. You're right that it was a fun way to spend time together. Now I want to go back and paint something for myself!

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