I got you something!
(with a gentle Big Sister tone)
Don't tell me what it is. It's supposed to be a surprise for Christmas.
Do you want to guess?
No, Linz. Don't tell me.
Just try. You probably won't guess it, anyway.
Don't tell me.
(after minutes of silence)
I GOT YOU A COLORED PEN WITH SPARKLY BEADS INSIDE IT.
(running to the family room)
Mom, Lindsay told me what my present is!
I was proud of that gift. It was similar to THIS pen but way cooler. Like any little sister, I was desperate for her to love it and acknowledge my good taste in big kid things that were still like toys -- functional and fun! We've laughed about this ever since then, but I think I've finally proven to her that I can keep a secret.
Now that her latest Christmas card has been sent out, I can finally shout from the mountain tops that...
I'm going to be Aunt Lindsay next year!
I was the first to be told, and I'm crying again just typing this. This is my first niece/nephew. My sister and BIL are going to be amazing parents, and my parents finally get to be grandparents. 2013 is already going to be a beautiful year.
Congratulations, Summer & Mike!