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Birthday gift found, purchased, and now en route to soon-to-be four-year-old niece

Saturday 1/6/24

My niece Amelia turns four on January 23. I had an idea for what I wanted to get her, but I didn't know if I could find something like that, but today I did! It's so cool I'm not even going to say what it is here yet. I hope it's good. She calls me buddy or Colin-buddy and we are buddies so I wanted something befitting buddies. I don't know. But I think it's pretty neat.

A few days ago my mom was going out to dinner with my sister, my nephew, and my two nieces. I asked her to say hi to all of them for me, and if she got a chance to pull Amelia aside and say an extra-special hi to her.

I added, "I don't want anyone to think I have a favorite or that she's my favorite."

And my mom goes, "I think everyone thinks that."

That's not what I'm going for!

I like all of the kids. I really do. I am not someone who would just say I liked someone, and I wouldn't like anyone automatically because of titles, for lack of a better word. I evaluate.

I like my nephew Charlie because he's kind-hearted and protective and he also tells everyone about my books and has a special place for them. I like my niece Lilah because she's introspective and loves to read and collects things.


Well, what's supposed to happen here? She's weird, brusque, officious, smart, and funny. And she doesn't like everyone, but she likes me and we hit it off. When she was here she wanted to watch Thomas the Train. And I thought, okay, I could do with a little Thomas the Train, because the adults were kind of boring, and she said, "No. I watch Thomas, not you," and put the door in my face.

Because that's how she is. And you know what? I respected it. She'll just tell you.

How could such an idiosyncratic person not have appeal to me?

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