As her Aunt, I feel it my duty to impart a little life wisdom when we are together. I remember when I was 17. I knew it all, and adults didn’t know anything!
So, as we swing, we share our thoughts on life. I have told her that life doesn’t always turn out the way you plan sometimes, and that’s alright. Sometimes you end up in a life you never dreamed for yourself, and it’s pretty good.
She accepts my theories quietly, with an eye roll or two, as she contemplates why the hens just peck at the ground all day, but seem so happy?
The hens are givers of unconditional love, and they are content to be, well hens. Except for the occasional peck on the toes when they think your polish is a grape. Their presence somehow is trance-like. They lull you into quiet peacefulness and all your troubles fall away, for a short while.
Sharing my love and hopes for my niece, in a quiet way, allows her to accept it on her own terms. Whether she really believes her crazy Aunt with chickens, maybe another story.
As she heads into adulthood with so much before her, I hope all her dreams do come true. I will always cherish our times together sharing a peaceful evening, love for each other, and the chickens.