You may or may not know that I live with my sister and her two kids, who I love dearly. One of my great regrets is not having kids myself, although I think with my illness, it was definitely the right thing for me. It gives me great joy to love and nurture this niece and nephew of mine, and I feel such pride that my sister has gone off to a three-day conference and left them in my care. That she trusts me with these bright little souls, says a lot to me. As I sit here on the couch with them, they are both playing video games (14 year old boy and 11 year old girl) and my niece is singing a song she made up about the dogs. They feel safe and loved with Aunt BPOF and that makes me happy. Here is another chance for me to be present for others, not thinking about myself or ruminating on my many worries as I make their pizza or pasta. Here is a time that I am called upon to be my best self, to rise above my broken, half-working side and be there for these kids. I am both challenged and uplifted by this chance. The weather buoys me with glorious springtime temperatures and I know I’ll get out and enjoy that over the next few days. I hope to live up to the faith that has been placed in me. More to come….