Today is my not so little cousin Elliott’s 16th birthday which is crazy. I still remember going to the hospital to meet him for the first time, I was five and he was a premature baby and my aunts first child. Now it wasn’t the first time I’d met a little cousin, I already had two female cousins but Elliott I specifically remember meeting. He’s gone from this teeny tiny baby to a gorgeous 16 year old boy.
I was really sick today and so I had to miss his birthday dinner and little family party which broke my heart. I love trying to be here for all of the kids birthdays because I’m close to them. The only difference is that I don’t see some of my family members any more, which means I’ve missed birthdays and celebrations and in the future I’d love to see them again.
So while I was home being looked after by my dog, who didn’t leave my side for hours, I started thinking about all the kids. Then I started thinking about 2016 and all the things I wish for them.
For my sister, I wish for another brilliant year of just happiness and being so badass like she already is.
For Lollie and Ralphie, I just wish for a lot of fun this year and for you to just enjoying being kids and running around and playing.
For El, I hope that the hard work you put in to show in your results and that you really enjoy college. It’s going to be the making of you.
For Harv, I hope you don’t break any bones this year and carry on being the awesome little dude you are.
For Kieran, I wish for you to love being a big brother! It’s honestly great having a small person in the house!
For Lexi, I hope for a great last year at nursery and an amazing time when you start school.
I honestly want all of them and my other cousins to have a brilliant 2016 and I’ll do anything to make it even better.
Happy 16th Birthday El, love you lots.