Thursday, February 25, 2010

Being an Aunt

Moments ago my talented nephew, Roberto, who has been living in California for the last two years pursuing his dream of being an artist, texted me. The exchange went like this:

Roberto: Hey Auntie! I was just reading your blog and it's great! I definitely love "Being Delores Ellis." I hope all is well with you. I miss and love you!

Me: Oh, it's always so good to hear from you. I sooo love you and Grandma did too. Remember that "He who began a good work in you will complete it." Grandma believed this. She loved you so very much and I loved how you always took care of her.

Roberto: Thank you, Auntie Judith. Grandma was and still is very dear to me. I have dreams of her all the time. Usually she is doing something rare like driving. LOL!

Me: That's so very funny about Grandma driving. Thank you so very much for that image which we rarely got to see. LOL! You were her willing chauffeur.

Roberto: It was my pleasure, Auntie. As I get older my purpose in life becomes crystal clear. I have Grandma to thank for that.

Me: We all have her to thank for that. Do you need anything? I know how difficult it can be out there.

Roberto: Thanks, Auntie, but I don't need anything at the moment but prayer and support! So many great things are on the horizon. I can't believe it.
Well, I can believe it and he certainly has my support and prayer. As I read his last text this scripture came to mind: "Raise up a child in the way that he should go and when he is old he will not depart from it."

Believe me when I tell you that I have departed a great many times. Even today, I sometimes fail miserably. But I guess being old varies increasingly. Now, I need your support and prayer. :-)


septembermom said...

I love the sincerity, love and respect expressed by your nephews and nieces for you. I know that you are proud to see the thoughtfulness, dedication and conscientiousness of this younger generation in your family. Your mom is singing praise as she watches them all grow (including you my young friend :) I hope I'm growing too!

Judith Ellis said...

Roberto has always been a sweet kid, Kelly. My mother always taught us to respect our elders and it was also clear that our elders weren't always right. What was essential growing up was how we responded. Yes, I'm growing still but I'm afraid I'm not so much "young." :-) But I feel great! I sense, my friend, that you are most certainly growing too. Your blog reveals this. I love popping through.