My nephew is a bright-eyed, smiley little ginger. Almost one year ago I got a phone call from my sister, mid-morning on a cool Thursday in March. She was due with her number two any day now and I was so excited to hear how she was feeling.
“Hi!” I said. “How are ya?”
“Hi!” She said. “I had a baby!”
And just like that, she had a son. Who was undeniably cousin to the most darling tree frog imaginable. Who would not sleep without being snuggled up to some warm body for four months. Who would fall in love with his spark-plug of a big sister right away while we all vied for his attention. Who was family.
He’ll be nearly an adult soon, a one-year-old ready to talk and probably drive. When you get to see family only infrequently, as I do, the nieces and the nephews seem to be entirely different humans each time you see them. Am I right? They go from wiggly little slugs to winsome cruisers in about twelve seconds and one plane flight, give or take three seconds.
I won’t be able to be to be there for his birthday this year, but I want to send him a gift that says, good job buddy, you’ve done it. You’ve won me over with those baby blues and I just love you. Something he can keep throughout his childhood and make him think of his auntie.
I was awfully fond of my bear coin bank as a kid; I got my niece a cupcake coin bank when she turned one. So I’m thinking of carrying on the tradition for this little guy, too. Breakable things really have a way with kids, I believe, and putting shiny little coins in something breakable is even better.
I’ve been scouring for months, honestly, and it is a desert out there for cute choices. I think I’ve found some keepers, though.
Help me choose?