To my 4.5 year old niece,
Dear one, I am truly sorry that your mom was temporarily out of sight while changing the baby's diaper last night at dinner. I'm still not sure why you chose to face into a corner and scream about it though. It would be really nice if you'd internalize that the rest of your family is willing to provide cuddles and attention until she gets back. I'm really tired of long stretches of silence at family dinners while we all wonder if we should be doing something.
Your auntie who truly does adore you
To my 2.5 year old niece,
Darling, you are the best part of my relatives-in-law and I can't wait until you're older and your parents trust you alone with me. We're going to have so much fun! Until then, could you possibly refrain from throwing Bananagrams tiles at me "to see if they stick to my skin"? That was more than just slightly painful.
your sore, but laughing, auntie