Dear Munchkin and Peanut,
Munchkin’s Catholic Godparents are the ones we see fairly frequently, since they live in the area and are members of Daddy’s parish. They host gatherings several times a year, too, where even more of our village comes together.
Aunt J and Uncle M had 3 kids of their own by the time Munchkin was born. We thought it would be great for her to have playmates, and it was an added bonus that their family is the same ethnic mix as ours. But more than that, Uncle M and Aunt J have been role models for us as parents. We’ve often asked them about how they handle(d) certain situations.
Our families have meshed as gracefully as we’d hoped, and it’s wonderful to see all the kids playing together. A couple weeks ago, you both spent the weekend at their house while Daddy and I went out of town for a wedding. You had a blast, barely even noticing we were gone. Yesterday, we sat in the empty pew in front of their family for Mass at Daddy’s church. As we settled in, Peanut went to the end of the pew in front of Uncle M. Uncle M held his hands out to Peanut, inviting him to come over the back of the pew to sit with them. It was such a simple gesture, but so full of love, comfort and acceptance that it nearly made me cry. Peanut sat with him through the whole service, sometimes in Uncle M’s lap, sometimes in his arms, and sometimes next to him. Even when Daddy joined us during the homily, Peanut was content to stay with Uncle M. The happiness and trust in his face was beautiful.
I am exceedingly thankful to have Aunt J, Uncle M, and their family as part of our village, and in truth, part of our own family. We are richly blessed.