All six of our nieces and nephews came to visit this past weekend. Two of the boys are my sister's kids; the other boy and the three girls are Todd's sister's kids. This was the first time they'd ever met. I think it took all of ten seconds for them to become fast friends, playing football, tearing lobsters apart with their bare hands, toasting s'mores, and playing Apple to Apple.
A strange thing happens when the house fills with kids. I time travel back to the best moments of my own childhood, of course, but I also find myself very much in the moment, soaking up every bad knock-knock joke, fake burp, and curious question. Sunrise is sweet when shared with a little girl who tells me to "look at all the pink."