Nana Dunphey: gives generous kisses, is always smiling, and calls us all, “Dear.” (…with no New England accent, either; she’s from good ol’ New York state!)
Bob: laughs at my jokes — when he gets them!
Mom J: is wonderfully well! She lets me know in countless ways how happy she is to have me, and happily slows life to accommodate a baby and his still-new-to-this mother. And she’s always good for a Starbucks run!
Sarah: is Carina, only with a different last name. Oh, and blonde hair. (Of course, Carina may be blonde right now, for all I know!) She’s warm, considerate, generous, and easy to love.
Bec: is a fabulous mother and is always good for a Q&A about parenting. Being around her reminds me of what a privilege it is to be a wife and mom.
Dad B: has twinkly eyes whenever he sees Jameson — or says something he finds amusing! He’s quiet, but his big hugs tell me he’s glad to see me.
Meme: is hospitable, creative, outgoing, and attentive to the little details that make life prettier. I visit her house with my eyes peeled for any little tidbit I might glean. And she loves grandbabies!
Kip: must have bad days, but I can’t picture him being anything other than smiling, obliging, and a fabulous dad. He works in Boston, but I got to see him once — on his birthday, after the Patriots won, so he was even more smiling than usual. Ry understands that phenomenon. :)
Camryn: likes me. And pretty much, that’s all you have to do when you’re under the age of 5 to win my affection. Chatty and expressive, good-natured and adorable… I can understand why Jameson is so enthralled!
These are the people here who I call family. These are the people I love.