Fabulous PITA is one of my best friends on the planet, and I get to work with her everyday. Needless to say she is pissed I am moving. Really pissed. She and I are as close to sisters as we will ever get – we are both only children, and even though she is married, she plays a single mom most days because her hubby is a chef and works nights and weekends. Her two little ones, Princess, age 6, and Sunshine, age 3 (almost 4), call me “Auntie”, and I love it.
Today, The Boy and I are headed to IKEA with Fabulous PITA, Princess, and Sunshine, but I have something else planned, too. I have yet to give the little ones their Christmas presents, and I missed Princess’s birthday in January, too (I know, March is almost over, but Fabulous PITA and I are busy people!), so today I will come bearing gifts.
They both get a Calico Critters Townhouse that I bought for The Boy ages ago, because he wanted it, and I didn’t care that it was intended for girls. He played with it for awhile, but never hard enough to damage it, and it has been in storage, waiting for the girls to be old enough. I bought Princess a family of squirrels to go with the house for her birthday gift . I also have a couple of other things to give them…
Princess is getting my porcelain tea set that I played with when I was her age (one of them – I collected them!). And Sunshine will be getting my baby Anna that I adored when I was her age. See, I still have this stuff, these cherished and beloved treasures from my childhood, and it’s time to let them go, I guess. Amazingly enough, the ex didn’t throw them out (like he did a $600 money order, my entire work wardrobe, and my button collection from elementary school [including my Michael Jackson button!]), so I think they were meant to find a new loving home.
The Boy also gave up some of his stuffed animals to the cause, which went surprisingly well.
The little ones don’t know yet that we’re moving, and I’m hoping that these little tokens will remind them of us when we’re 900 miles away. Even though I was an aunt for awhile, there will be nothing that replaces being “Auntie” to these two cuties. I know I’ll miss all three of them a immensely.