My niece is a very cool kid. I know that most people think that about their relatives. But, it is actually true in this case. She is such a sweet and sensitive little girl, but due to her older brother’s influence, she also has a myriad of interests that seem unusual for her age and gender.
For example, she is an insanely good soccer player. She runs rings around all the boys. She is tough. She does not blink when she gets hurt or has to have a shot at the doctor. She loves watching football on television. But she can still be “girly,” too, enjoying getting her nails done and have a spa day with her grandmother and I.
Her older brother developed an early interest in Legos, and as a result, she loves to build as well. However, she does not ask for the Lego Friends sets. Instead, she wants what her big brother likes – sets that include characters from the Hobbit and Harry Potter, for instance. She has also recently developed an interest in Minecraftlegos.
I struggled a little when trying to decide what to get her for her birthday. After all, all those pink aisles at the toy store don’t really interest her. After speaking to my sister, however, I decided on some Minecraft Legos for sale at the local store. My sister told me that she had been asking for additional sets, so I decided that would be perfect for her.
She loved what I picked out for her! I am so glad that I did not buy her a doll or something that I would have liked as a child. She obviously has her own interests, and I want to support and nurture that as her aunt. We spend her birthday building and laughing together.