Ok, probably not much of a surprise for those of you who know I have 4 nieces and nephews and a fifth one on the way this year. But it’s one thing when you’re brothers and sisters make you an auntie. If the circumstances are right, that could happen when you’re way young and doesn’t have any relation to how old you really are. It’s another when the general public at large recognizes you as old enough to be an auntie.
I volunteered to help run the VNSF booth at Tet in Seattle and this year we did temporary tattoos for the kids. So parents would bring their kids over and the more shy kids would need a little coaxing. All day long, all I heard was moms telling their tots to let auntie (in vietnamese) put the tattoo on for them or "don’t you want a pretty tattoo like the one auntie has" (heart and cross bones). Geez, when did I get elevated to auntie status? It’s the equivalent of getting ma’am’ed and I feel far too young for that moniker. Two years ago when I did this, I was "big sister". I feel like I have to check a different age bracket box now. My whole station in life has shifted and with it the vietnamese vernacular. I’m now too old to be these kids’ sister; I’m old enough to be their mom! Yikes!
At least one woman thought I was still in school. Probably thanks to the scrubby t-shirt and jeans. =)