I love Mondays because the door bell rings expectedly and I will squat as I open the door to meet my nephew at eye level. His smile translates his enthusiasm to study. I call it study, even though his parents try to enhance the activity with the word: play. In fact, its more than play or study, its quality time with my nephew.
I love Fridays because I sometimes drive to a trapeze shaped highrise, descend into the underground parking where a little boy with a large smile awaits me: "Yaya!" calls out my 2 year old nephew when he sees my pinktaxi. He has a small backpack and he sits in the car seat deigned for "the youngest kid in the car" and kicks his feet to Calvin Harris.
I love Saturday mornings because I always take a nephew with me to visit three damzelles, three 3 year old sisters: yes, triplets! I become a kindergarten instructor, with paints,stickers and magic markers and a new language to introduce: I am teaching French to 3 French girls. Their parents, my cousins, make me the best espresso in town!
Making quality time a routine is a joy maker. The certainty of mingling with these young close relatives is comforting and rewarding. Some may say that tutoring may not be fun because it is academic but I derive a load of pleasure from it because it is my chance to teach and learn. When I sit with these kids, I build a bond that I hope will last as long as my own bond with my cousins and aunts and uncles has.
I treasure these moments, they become hallmark thoughts. With my New York nephews, the only two individuals that bestow upon me the title of Khaleh, maternal aunt, I condense time with them every six months. Indeed, I even tutor them during the summer! During these isolated moments of time, I set everything aside, empty my program to be with them, to watch them grow, to inquire about their developments.
I relish any tete a tete: with a sibling, with a friend, with an uncle, with one of my three children. I find 25 hours in an hour to squeeze some extra time and push myself into an eleventh hour so I can enjoy even more quality time. What is time? Precious yet so generous because if used properly, guarantees satisfaction.