August 03, 2006

encouragement from a six-year old

My six year old niece is becoming quite interested in the furtherment of my love life. Fortunately, she already has some pretty liberal expectations.

Niece: Emily, when are you going to get a husband?
Aunt: When are you going to get a husband?
Niece: Umm...in thirty years!
Aunt: Good, then I still have some time.
Niece: yeah.

My hope for her is that she does not grow up thinking she has to be married by the age of 22. My hope for her is that she, like me, will have ample time to enjoy the single life and develop a rock-solid sense of self. (I, by the way, am still working on that rock-solid part, but it's coming along nicely.) My hope for her is that she will pursue education, personal interests, relationships, vocation, and spirituality, and allow the course of her life to be led by the will of God.

My hope for me is that I will marry before she does.

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