Clayton and I became Uncle and Auntie when Riley, our Hodgson side nephew, was born. A few years after that his sister, Zoe came along. We loved being Aunt and Uncle and the kids loved playing with us and playing with each other. It was always quite a peaceful experience hanging out with our Hodgson nephew and niece. An experience filled with hugs and kisses, please and thank yous, yes Mom, here Zoe you can play with this if you want. We thought... this seems like a piece of cake!
And then Megan, our first Gooch side niece, came along. All was good... maybe not altogether peaceful... but good. Then Shayla stepped in and rocked her world. Gooch side get togethers are more of a run for cover kind of event. There is teasing and taunting, pushing and pinching, screaming and crying and a constant whine in the air at all times! No longer was I thinking anything close to a piece of cake! More like a piece of brick that someones keeps relentlessly hitting you over the head with and at the same time shouting directly into your ear, MINE! MINE! NO! AHHHHH!
But sometimes, in the madness, there are brief moments that give me hope... yes they are reading together, side by side on the couch and NOT kicking each other... but there is something even more wonderful about this picture... they are holding hands!
I had to zoom in just to be sure!
Gooch cousin love... sometimes it even looks a little like love!