Though I have a rather large extended family, I have never been close to many of my relatives. I have one aunt and grandmother I maintain regular contact with, and as far as uncles, I have been fortunate to have two rather excellent ones; on my dad’s side, Uncle David; on my mom’s side, Uncle George. I’m 30 now and Uncle George is still spoiling me, so it’s hard to complain about quantity of uncles when the quality of them has been so high.
Because the toddler’s extended family is quite a bit smaller, he has a unique opportunity to forge more significant relationships with his aunts and uncles; on Spouse’s side, he has three of each. Because two of Spouse’s sisters live in Winnipeg (and we only see them a couple of times each year), Toddler has really only maintained regular contact with Spouse’s sister’s family. And because Toddler is an introvert, when he likes someone, it is obvious; he doesn’t warm up to just anyone … but he has warmed up to Uncle Nathan.
Maybe it’s because he has three boys of his own and knows how to interact with them, or maybe there’s something particular about him that draws the toddler in; either way, it is encouraging that Toddler has identified someone outside of Spouse and I and his grandparents that he wants to spend time with. I know how wonderful it can be to have a good uncle; I think it’s pretty wonderful that Toddler’s got one too.
Did your little ones establish a bond with a particular aunt or uncle – related or otherwise?