|Clockwise: My mom Angi, my brother Christian, my brother Evan (twin), my sister Hanna (other twin), my dad Gary, me and Lilo, Otto, Peter. On our last family gathering before the twins left.|
And now they're grown.
I was heartbroken to miss their high school graduation a few months ago. Tears streamed down my face as I looked at pictures from the day, holding my own two day old baby. But the alignment of these two events makes vividly clear what this parenting thing is all about.
Now, I'm in the thick of it: changing diapers, being a human pillow, quelling temper tantrums (from the big) and generally being needed every moment of every single day. But the end result will be two amazing human beings. Just like these two siblings of mine. Going into the world, grown, and so very far away now.
Hanna and Evan; you are both of you, brave, intelligent and creative. You are amazing individuals. Never forget that every act has implications on this world, no matter how small. So make your choices thoughtfully and wisely, and always, always try to be the truest, most honest and good, versions of yourself. Be kind. And keep the words of Mahatma Gandhi close to your heart: "Be the change you wish to see in the world." Your destiny is what you make of it.
I'm so proud of you both.
*Sigh.* And I remember when I used to change your diapers. And also, that time I taught you how to spell ASS.