Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Ranked with the best!

One of the greatest delights of my life at present lives almost a thousand miles away from here. She is two years old, and her name is Leah.
If Leah sees her mom or grandmother (my sister) on the phone, she assumes they are talking with me: "I want to talk to Aunt Anne." 7 of my 8 saved voice mails are of her precious little voice saying little more than "Hi, Aunt Anne." (She is my great-niece; so far, the one and only of that generation in our family.) Listening to one of those saved messages is a sure cure when I'm feeling overwhelmed by the piles of stuff in my office, although the mess remains...
She saw my picture on the fridge, and clutched it like a treasure. When I am in town, she runs toward me and wraps her chubby arms around my knees. Once in a while I am blest to be near the computer on my sister's baby-sitting day and we visit by Skype, and Leah presses her face so close to the computer screen that all I can see is the top of her head.
What did I do to merit such devotion? I had no idea...until on my last visit with Leah I was introduced to the Madeline books.

I owe it all to Miss Clavel.

Well, maybe not "all" of it. Leah's other grandmother takes her to Church, and has clearly introduced the Virgin Mary as "Jesus' Mommy," and my sister has a statue of Our Lady in the backyard.
For two-year-old Leah, I seem to be the incarnation of those two formidable blue-veiled women. It's a bit daunting to think about, but I'm mighty glad to be ranked with them at least in the mind (and heart) of a little child.


Bego said...

Well, Miss Clavel, you keep good company .

Just sayin' :)

harv681 said...

"Leah, who loves you SO much?"
"Aunt Anne does!"
Hm...she used to say "Meme!"

Anonymous said...

Now you know how it feels to be a grandmother!
Just wonderful...enjoy they grow up. :)

Anonymous said...

My turn, I am Leah's great grandmother. She is my raison d'etre. I live for Thursdays when I can share her with my daughter, Mary, the grandmother. We take her on errands, pick up happy meals from mcDonalds and watch such classics as Beauty and the Beast and Judy Garland's The Wizard of Oz. She even sings along with Judy. McDonald's and Caffe Caffe fill in any blank spots. When I am forced to leave her at naptime, her hugs and kisses keep me mesmerized until we meet again.

Anonymous said...

Leaving this child's presence today, there was a palpable emptines within me. Leah was born on the feast of the Archangels and as my inlaws were known to say "the apples don't fall far from the tree"