Day 16: If the world were to end tomorrow, what would you do with your remaining time on earth?
If the World Would End Tomorrow?
I think I would hop a plane and go to Guatemala. My mother, father and little sister live here. I haven’t seen my little sister since she was 16, and she is almost 30 now, with two little girls.
They can’t come to the states without jumping through hoops and paying buttloads of money.
I want to meet my nieces, especially my niece Novali. We talk on Skype all the time. I’m her favorite aunt and we’ve never even met face to face. She is funny, animated, oh so talkative. Sometimes she accidentally slips from English to Spanish and I have to wave my hands at her to catch her attention to get her to flip back into English mode.
She loves my hair when it’s purple. I talked with her today and she scrunched up her nose at my half bright red, half black tresses. She thinks I should give it a break and have all black hair, like her. I think I’ll take her up on that. She would be SO thrilled. She loves the weird way I dress sometimes, too. She claims she wants to be like me when she grows up.
On a visit from my mother years ago, I hand painted a ceramic cat for Novali. She keeps it in her special ‘treasure’ box. When it was first given to her, she carried it everywhere. My mom showed it to me recently. Its paint is cracked, its ears are chipped, and it just looks like someone loves the hell out of it.
I also sketched and colored three fairy portraits for her one year. My mother took them back to Guatemala and framed them, but didn’t give them to her right away. They were saving them for her ‘new room’.
They recently remodeled her bedroom. New everything! Paint, furniture, bedding, her own TV. They didn’t let her see her new room until her birthday. When they opened the door she gasped, just audibly gasped and immediately said “Aunt Zoe made those Fairies! OH.Em.Gee. I’m gonna die!” My mother thought it was hilarious, but at the same time kind of bummed because the sweetie kind of overlooked everything else done in the room.
I find it incredible that I can have this bond with this child with whom I’ve never met face to face.
I want to hug this little person and tell her how much I love her.