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All fuzzy around the edges

Why is there no word like 'avuncular' to indicate behaviour or feelings pertaining or similar to those of an auntie? Or is it simply that I never managed to finish reading the OED? Because for the last few days, I have been behaving in just such a fashion.

It's the spring holidays and since I have nothing better to do, while she still has to work, my sister's fobbed my niece off on me. Not that I mind, because I love her dearly (my niece that is, not my sister). I know one isn't supposed to have favourites, and I do love my nephews just as much, but if I'm honest I must admit that somehow, I feel closer to Soraya than to either of her brothers. I think it's to do with the fact that as a toddler, she seemed to follow me all around; whenever I turned around, there she was, hugging me or insisting I play with her, wanting to be picked up, packing her little suitcase and insisting she was coming to stay with me for a while, which she then did as well...

So, for the last couple of days, my life has been about keeping Soraya busy. She's 10 years old and inquisitive, so we've been to a museum or two (at her suggestion!) and taken part in all the educational fun there, and we've been shopping in several different towns (Soraya wants to be a fashion designer when she grows up, so taking her round the shops and pulling clothes off racks left and right while discussing the way they're made is a sure way to keep her attention), and I've been stuffing her with all her favourite foods (cantaloupe and strawberries, scones hot from the oven with jam and cream which is something her Mum doesn't know how to make), and I've been having a great if quite tiring time doing all this.

Yesterday, we went to the beach for the first time this year, the weather was that nice. Unfortunately, I later noticed I must have lost one of my contact lenses there, probably during one of those episodes where I poked myself in the eye when trying to get my hair back out of my face. Consequently, things are a bit fuzzy around the edges today...but luckily my optician's told me that with a bit of luck, he'll have the replacement contact ready for me by day after tomorrow. Damn! Why do I always seem to lose my lenses? This is the 3rd time this has happened to me since I got my first pair fitted in 1991!

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bogwitch
May. 4th, 2004 03:31 am (UTC)
Your sick leave sounds like a bit of alright. I usually feel too guilty to leave the house!
gamiila
May. 4th, 2004 03:37 am (UTC)
Your sick leave sounds likea bit of alright

It does, doesn't it? I swear it's like a holiday! If I were really ill, I wouldn't leave the house either, but since it's just that I have an arm that's a bit sore, I think I may be excused to go out if and when I please. Just as long as I stay away from computers and keyboards...

Oh no! Time's up again...catch you later!
calove
May. 5th, 2004 01:29 am (UTC)
We could make you a word. How about "avauntular" - maybe not; sounds a bit dismissive "avaunt thee" sort of thing.

I don't have nieces and nephews - my sister is much too obsessed with her body and her house to risk either, and sister-in-law loves kids only in the abstract, and a somewhat Picasso-esque one at that. Shame. I want to be able to spoil them horribly and have them love me more than their parents and then give 'em back when I've done (much as sister does with mine...)

Glad to hear you are out and about and having some fun! Me too. I'm off shopping. I have a 20% off voucher for Gap and £25 Next voucher burning a hole in my purse...

Don't overdo that arm!
gamiila
May. 7th, 2004 08:17 am (UTC)
spoil them horribly and have them love me more than their parents and them give 'em back when I've done

That's my master plan exactly! I'm doing very well on the first and last thing you mentioned, but when it comes to them loving me more than their mum (sister dear is a single parent)...I think I've got a ways to go there yet -- and I think that's only right. However, I do take pride in the fact that I'm their favourite aunt (they've got another one on their father's side of the family).

Gap and Next...two more shops I miss here. I just have to make do with Esprit and DKNY instead. It's a real hardship, I know.
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