She's actually my adopted niece. Her mom and I became friends over 10 years ago. She's a single mom. And I decided at the time that I could help, but I was only going to be my niece's friend too if I could be in it until she was grown up. Kids need steady people in their lives. I decided I could be steady. So I became her aunt. And now she's grown up. And off to college.
I'm going to miss the silly conversations. And the fact that someone actually asks me for advice. And listens! Occasionally. And I'm going to miss having an excuse to go into stores like Hot Topic and Forever 21. And I'm going to miss little hotline into what the kids are doing these days.
But she's a pretty happy, well-adjusted kid. Who is now off to college. And I think I had some part in that.
So. Happy that she's off to be a grown up. Sad because I'll miss the kid.