Let Aunt Bertha Pinch Your Cheek

AAwwww. Aren’t they adorable?

Those are my three kids.

Five years ago.

They are still adorable (see pics on the FAQ page), but they’re not so little. My oldest is about to turn 13. My youngest daughter will be 11 in two weeks. My baby boy is 8.

Those of you teens and tweens reading this are rolling your eyes. (imagine what my kids are doing :)) But you need to know what pictures like this do to your parents and grandparents, your aunts and uncles, the nursery workers who changed your diapers…it makes us a little sad.

Sure, we’re glad you’re growing up. My kids are amazing. I am beyond proud of the young women and young man they are becoming.

But I miss that age. They all speak clearly, now, no cute little mispronunciations. They no longer enjoy sitting on the floor and singing “The Wheel on the Bus.”  They don’t go through an entire box of Dora Band-Aids in one day.

Because of this, when I see little guys – especially my own nieces and nephews – I want to pinch cheeks and tickle bellies and play peek-a-boo. All those things I don’t get to do with my kids, anymore.

And, occasionally, when I just can’t stand it, I grab my kids and pinch their cheeks. I just can’t help it. I spent years doing just that. Now it’s over. I can’t stop cold-turkey.

So this Christmas, when your Aunt Bertha comes over and goes in for a hug, her fingers poised right in front of your face, smile and lean in. Let her pinch away. She misses it. She loves you. She’s remembering those childhood days gone by.

And, if it hurts too badly, you can always go put a Dora Band-Aid on it 🙂

1 Comment

  1. Derek R
    Nov 18, 2013

    I never thought of it like that. My aunts (or relatives) seeing pictures of me as a kid and making them sad 🙁 Though I’m way ahead of you on letting them show their love. My aunts adore me and out of my siblings/cousins, I’m the only one who still gets their cheeks pinched. When I was 13 my brother, sister and cousins all told them that they’re too old for that. I kinda saw it in their eyes that it upset them, I said to my aunts “you can still pinch my cheeks if you like” and since then its been 10yrs and they still pinch my cheeks. I can see how happy it makes them, I love them enough to go through years of their affection. At least they decided on their own to stop with the lipstick kisses.

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