I'm in Ottawa hanging out with my niece and nephew for the last few days while their parents are in Paris and London. It's actually my favourite thing to just hang with the two of them solo. We've had an action packed weekend of glow-in-the-dark mini putt, hours of Rock Band, movies, watching vids on YouTube, making pizza, walking the dogs, working out to my DVDs and just being plain stupid and funny. They really couldn't have picked a more immature aunt if they tried. So, it's been jackpot good times for all of us.
But lately when I'm around them, even though I'm living in the moment, I can't help but wonder what bits of this time in their life they'll remember most. When I think of my life at 10 and 13 there is very little I can remember, which is kind of sad - knowing they won't look back on the finer details of weekends like this, in the way I will.
In my life, when I was their age, it would have been 1985 - 1987 and I'm pretty sure I was doing exactly what they were doing right here. Dancing with all my heart to music, specifically Michael Jackson. Albeit the technology has and will change in this setting, but the feeling of being youthful and spontaneous is consistent. My one hope is that they remain youthful throughout life and remember to live as free and happy as they are in this one tiny moment.
So, here's to their fun collection of memories that will hopefully sum it up as one big amazing experience.