It wasn't so long ago that I was trying to wrap my head around the idea that our little Canadian branch of the clan wouldn't include children. I've yet to find someone that I'd want to have children with and my sister, although lucky enough to have found the father of her children, had fertility issues. But then, with much determination and a little help from a petri dish, Janne and John conceived the Tinks and two years ago today, they came into the world and brought much joy with them. Already, many of our family stories include the Tinks – there’s the Story of the Name that started it all (I’ll leave it to a TinkParent to remind you in the comments), the story of how the internet created a minor cult (Tink Freaks, anyone?) and every day, the wee darlings make something new happen. And every time I see them, it’s like summer.
Someday soon, we'll start telling them about the people who came before on both continents and someday, I’ll take them to feed the ducks. Or get tattoos.
Happy second birthday, my lovies!
(The Tinks in their birthday present - a new playhouse. Photo by a TinkParent)