I’m taking a break in the regularly scheduled Christmas programming to talk about our day trip to Santa Monica a few weeks ago. Naturally, this had my aunt and I singing Sheryl Crow’s “All I Wanna Do.” Which brought us to a profound discussion of Sheryl’s “If it makes you Happy.”
I sang it for the car. They loved that.
“You know, Auntie Laura, that song, if it makes you happy, it can’t be that bad? That song is a lie, man. If it makes you happy, it can’t be that bad. A codependent relationship? Ummmmmm. It can be that bad. If drinking too much makes you happy? Drugs? It can be that bad. What if–”
This little girl LOVED it because there was basically a playground at the beach. Considering she loves to jump off of anything and as soon as we got to the baggage claim, she asked when we were going to the beach, she was in her glory.
This sums up a lot of things. Number one, Ava has an extreme need to be a daredevil. She didn’t want to hold her mom’s hand; she wants to jump off of everything. And number two, everyone needed pictures on their iPhones. My aunt and nonna finally got iPhones before the trip. They were naysayers about getting new phones but then became a little bit obsessed.
Hilarious to me. More importantly to me, it is amazing to see how we are being knitted together as siblings and how even with the age differences between us, we still act as three siblings would with only two years separating them. Ava picks sides. Joe and I tease Ava. And all of this brings such joy to me and such thankfulness because God is good and so much smarter than we are. We are siblings. Period. Done.
Look at just the pure wonderment in Ava’s eyes. And in Nonna’s, too.
It was one of those perfect days, really…Until my dad forgot his iPad where we ate. But then again, the iPad was recovered. So I guess, it was a perfect. Adventures with this groups is crazy–so many ages, so many personalities. But I look at these photographs and think: that was magical.