We all recall the people (other than our own parents) who made a lasting imprint on our lives as children - those who invested in us sheerly out of love and devotion. Today Clementine Social Media Manager, Taylor Meadows, talks about the importance of having and becoming "aunties".
One of the beautiful things about having friends with children is that I gain many nieces and nephews. There are few things I love more than connecting with my mommy friends and their kids, whether through watching the littles while my friends have date night, reminding a mom-friend of her beauty and strength or sometimes treating a mom and her children to a play date. Last week, I had the sweetest opportunity to treat my friend Anna to a pedicure and tea party with her girls.
The past year has been quite the journey for Anna, so I wanted to shower her and her girls with love and fun. Because most of my mom-friends have busy lives (for obvious reasons), it’s hard to pin them down. So when Anna said yes to a fun Cinco de Mayo day celebration complete with tea party, a Kokedama hanging plant craft, wine and enchiladas, I was ecstatic!
For the first part of my life, my mom was a single mom and I remember having many aunties who were there for my mother and myself. I remember my auntie Beverly buying a Minnie Mouse book for me when I learned to tie my shoes and baking a Funfetti cake each year for my birthday. Because I always received small, meaningful gifts and gestures from my aunties, I wanted to give Anna’s girls something special. Anna mentioned the girls recent obsession with "jellies", so I did a little research and found darling Crocs jelly sandals on Zappos.com. I bought them what I would have wanted at their age: pink glitter jelly sandals. While I was browsing, I thought it would be cute for us to all have a pair of Crocs. So, I surprised Anna with a pair of sandals and gifted myself with a pair of flats.
The day came for our Cinco de Mayo tea party, craft and wine night. Our tea party was cut short due to a quick spring rain. We headed back to Anna and her husband’s home where the girls changed into their tutus and danced around in their jellies. In that moment I was so grateful to be part of their young lives as a special auntie.
As I watched them twirl, I prayed that they, along with my other friends’ kids, would know that I would always be there to provide an extra hand or piece of advice. At any given moment, I know that I could call one of my aunties and they would listen to me cry, laugh and ramble. After watching my mom work hard to be emotionally strong and provide for me, I deeply understand the value and role her friends played in my life. Motherhood isn’t always easy, so I want to be the friend who my friends can trust to take care of their kids when life throws a curve ball or two.
After the girls danced themselves to sleep, Anna and I poured a glass of wine and made our Kokedama hanging plants. The day ended with deep laughter, meaningful conversation and true encouragement. I left thankful for Anna's friendship and eager to reprise my role as auntie Tay Tay again soon.
p.s. Curious as to how Taylor and Anna made their Kokedama hanging plants? Check out our DIY tutorial.