It's official, Cory is the proud Parrain to a beautiful baby girl! In our area, you can have the honor of being called the Parrain or the Nanny. These are what we call Godparents, and as one, you are chosen to help guide a little one through their life and to help them understand their Catholic faith. We tend to have funny names around here for almost all titles for family members. A grand mother is a maw-maw, and a grand father is a paw-paw. Your uncle is your Nonc or Nonky, your aunt is often called your Tante, and most of your parent's friends are honorary aunts and uncles.
Well, after our niece was born, Cory and I made our way to the hospital to meet her, and we got to be there as our nephews met their new sister. It was so sweet and heart warming! After visiting, I was helping my parents wrangle the boys and bring them back to the car, when my oldest nephew asked me, "Nanny, where's your baby?" I admit, I faltered, but then I kissed his sweet little head and say you're my baby. I'm sure he was putting the pieces together that my sister has babies, and I'm an adult, so where are mine? Kind of cute right?
Ok, I admit, I wasn't prepared when he asked me where my baby was, nor was he satisfied with my answer, but it got me thinking about adoption, and what it will mean to my nephews and new niece to have a new cousin. I started to think of how I will approach adoption with my 3 year old nephew, and here's what I think I'll tell him:
"Come see your new cousin. Your cousin has a mommy and a daddy who love them so much, and asked Nonky and I to love and take care of them."
That's it! I don't think it has to be complicated; I'm a firm believer a child can never have too much love in their lives, nor should we ever hide or lie about what it means to be adopted, to make an adoption plan, or to adopt a child.
“Empathy is the antidote to shame."
Ok, I admit, I lifted that straight from Brene Brown, but it's true! It's only through being vulnerable, that we can all truly grow and reach our true potential.
Anyway, it was great talking to you, and I'm so in love with our new niece I can't even stand it!
Have a great one,
Elise & Cory