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A Good Aunt

Gifts from God: My Nephews

Every Spring I start to feel a little melancholy because it was the season my nephews were in baseball practice. And then when it was over they had time for me---their Aunt Bobbi---in the spring, summer and fall.

When my nephews were small I traded my Camaro for a large Station Wagon so I could spend more time with them as I collected memories of our time together.

My Nephews: Paul, John-John, Baby John and Jamie

My Nephews: Paul, John-John, Baby John and Jamie

My Happiest Moments Were Spent with My Nephews

On some weekends I would take my two youngest to Chuck E. Cheese and then the movies.I would put the back seats down so they could play with their cars and trucks on the way to Chuck E. Cheese for the beginning of our Saturday fun.

They were about two years old when I started taking the youngest together and then the older ones would get their turn another weekend (they did not let me forget them---with their phone calls to jog my memory.)

My Nephews Grabbed My Book---Then Took This Terrible Picture

My Nephews Grabbed My Book---Then Took This Terrible Picture

Nephews---Precious Gifts

Sometimes, I would let all five spend the weekend with us and treat them to Chuck E. Cheese and then the movies. And, when hunting season came I would take them all to our family hunting camp to spend the weekend.

I know the deer had a nervous break-down with them riding the swamp buggy through the woods at their feeding time. What a treat for me to have them in my life---I enjoyed and loved every minute of it.

When summer came I had them out for weekends to watch movies, go walking in the woods, I played board games and even took them fishing---mainly the older nephews. I played football with them and that was a mixed treat. I tried to be as tough as they were---but I could tell---they were gentle with me.

I remember when I first heard I was going to be an aunt---I was thrilled when all my nephews were born.




Paul's Bigger Dream

I loved them and spoiled them---but most of all---I enjoyed them. I invited them over as often as possible because they had sports to practice for and games to play.

Clint and I went to as many games almost as my sisters and brother-in-laws. I will never to this day understand how my sisters could sit silently and watch their children play and not scream and shout encouragement to their sons.

My sister Paula threatened to get a muzzle for my mouth---but I cheered them on regardless of sisterly opinions. And, I have always made my own rules in life without adhering to traditional or politically correct nonsense. However, I would never offend anyone with action or words---I hope anyway.

One of my youngest nephews Paul had planned to play for a professional baseball team when he was in high school. Unfortunately, he hurt his pitching arm and after two surgeries---he had to forgo his dream. He is a daddy now of two little girls and runs his own business---so he had a bigger dream come true---because they are daddy’s girls, just what he always wanted.



Jamie Joined the Navy

My other younger nephew Jamie made a career of the Navy.

I am so proud of them both. When they were growing up I believed in hugging and kissing them whenever I could.

They were so funny--- sometimes they would run---so I could not kiss them in front of their friends. But I caught them and did it anyway.

I have found this to be true--- what goes around comes around again to kiss you---and to this day--- it does not matter where one of my nephews sees me---I will be hugged and kissed.

John-John at Five Years Old

John-John at Five Years Old

Baby John's First Birthday

Baby John's First Birthday

Excellent Parents

Of my older nephews---two are named John so the oldest one I call him John-John and the younger one I call him Baby John—and I still do. They are both in their thirties now and they have sons of their own. Rhett and Dalton are their boy’s names.

My nephews are all so handsome with big hearts and always such gentlemen ---one could not find better. My sisters did an excellent job in teaching their boys. Of course the daddies were also wonderful because they took their families to church and Sunday school. Just like I took my two little sisters to Sunday school---what goes around comes around.

They have great jobs and take good care of their families. Baby John likes to hunt and John-John likes to race. They are both wonderful men and include their children in their activities and are there for their children in their sports.

John-John's Truck

John-John's Truck

John-John's Truck

John-John and his truck that he loved so much---and one can tell because he kept it immaculate. I am sure he considered it his stud mobile---he was single at the time. If this truck could talk I would have a lot more to write about.

John-John now races cars and I pray he does not get hurt. It is mainly stock car racing---but it is still dangerous.

Baby John and his dog.

Baby John and his dog.

Baby John

My sweet Baby John he is like his Aunt Bobbi---an animal lover. And, here he is with his pet dog of the moment.

He had so many pets when he was growing up---I could not keep up with them all.

I use to chastise him and call him a “Redneck” because all his dogs loved to ride on his tackle box behind the cab of the truck.

This was not safe for the animals and I did not want to be a witness to a dog falling off the back of the truck. I finally talked some sense into him---I hope for the future animal’s sake.

I Only Speak Once--- was My Motto

In the beginning I told all my nephews I will only speak to you once---I will not ever speak in a loud voice to you---however, if you do not listen---then you will get your backpack and I will take you home.

My sisters would say--- spank them if they misbehave---but they knew I did not believe in hitting children as punishment. I would say---no I will bring them home if I ever have to speak to them twice about anything.

I never had to take a nephew home in all the years those precious little angels stayed with me. I was the one who spent time with them---only at night did my husband get to enjoy them---he was so busy with his “Big Boy Toys” ---I spoiled him too.

A Beautiful Doe Deer

A Beautiful Doe Deer

Hunting and Fishing

Clint and his dad went fishing in the spring and summer and then in the fall it was hunting season. I married a hunter who grew up in a hunting family. It was a strange adjustment for me to come to grips with---but I did my best to insure a more harmonious family gathering.

My Daddy did not hunt---he believed like I did---if the grocery store does not sell it---we will not eat it.

He did fish once in a blue moon---however my mother loved fishing. She went with us fishing in the Gulf and alligator occupied lakes to fish. I would go fishing to read a good book and get a tan---I am not about to touch that icky bait to stick a hook through it and get guck under my nails---no thank you.

So for many years I considered people who hunted Bambi’s Dad and Mom barbaric---until my nephews started hunting---then it was not so bad anymore. How children can change one’s opinion.

Halloween Tiger Woman---Scary

Halloween Tiger Woman---Scary


When my youngest nephews were three and five years old I dressed up for Halloween one year as “The Tiger Woman” for our trick or treating fun. My sister Paula drove and I walked from house to house in their neighborhood with my sweet little Angels---to protect them and make sure they remembered their manners. (I lived in the country---no neighborhood to be found---and the bulls, cows and horses did not give out treats---of the edible kind.)

My life was such a joy when they were young and I meant to enjoy as much of them--- my sisters would--- share with me. I will be forever grateful for my time with them. My Darlings blessed me with their time and are now so happy with their own little Angels to share their time with as they grow into wonderful adults.

Life Is Great Because of Them

Regrettably, I see them mainly at birthday, baby showers, weddings, and holidays they are so busy. And I understand it because they now have their families---and I am so ecstatic they are in a happy loving marriages with their children.

I never thought I would a good aunt---because I knew I would have to learn not to be possessive of them---but as it turned out I did not need to play that card---as they were possessive of me. What goes around comes around again to love you for life.

Their Aunt Bobbi will always love them unconditionally---I planted love and time seeds into their garden of life---hoping they all will do the same for their children, nephews and nieces. And, this is how---I believe “A Good Aunt” should be.

Aunts and Uncles

© 2013 Barbara Purvis Hunter


Barbara Purvis Hunter (author) from Florida on February 03, 2014:


Making memories with my nephews was one of my biggest joys in life, and I am still doing it. Thanks for your visit and comments.

Bobbi Purvis

FlourishAnyway from USA on February 03, 2014:

I enjoyed reading about your nephews and your love and commitment to them as they grew into fine young men. What a wonderful way to make an impact on a young life -- the giving of one's time and attention. I have nephews and nieces, but they don't live close by. When we're together, however, we bridge the miles with great memories.

Barbara Purvis Hunter (author) from Florida on June 05, 2013:

Nicole S,

Thank you for making my year brighter. What goes around came back to love me for life and they still do---I am so blessed.

Thanks for your visit--have a great year yourself.


Nicole S Hanson from Minnesota on June 05, 2013:

Absolutely beautiful hub. I loved reading this! Children really need that special attention and the love you showed your nephews is beyond any gift you could have given them.

Barbara Purvis Hunter (author) from Florida on April 25, 2013:

Dream On,

Thank you so much for the kind words which landed on my heart this morning---and I appreciate your visit. I am a lucky aunt to have my nephews---I feel very blessed.


Bobbi Purvis

DREAM ON on April 24, 2013:

The first thing I can think of is I wish I had an Aunt Bobbi.You are wonderful and you show respect and so much love.I got so involved in your family hub I never wanted it to end.Today more than ever people don't see each other and find ways to keep busy.They have more conviences and less time than ever.The best thing about your hub was it was all about spending time and being together.My eyes light up with every picture.Fantastic job and thanx so much for sharing.You definitely set a great example any aunt would be proud to follow.

Barbara Purvis Hunter (author) from Florida on March 23, 2013:


Thanks for your visit and sweet comment. I am the one who is very blessed to have them in my life.

Have a great weekend.

Bobbi Purvis

Mary Craig from New York on March 23, 2013:

How wonderful for you and them! I have a feeling their parents appreciated your devotion as well. Memories are what we take through life with us and you have touched these children, now grown, and given them wonderful memories filled with love. God bless.

Voted up, awesome, and interesting.

Barbara Purvis Hunter (author) from Florida on March 22, 2013:


It is so nice to have you visit and comment. You have a great weekend.

Bobbi Purvis

Dianna Mendez on March 21, 2013:

I enjoyed your post. It reminded me of how much I treasure my nephews and nieces. You are certainly a treasure to have in any family. I laughed at the muzzle comment, I have been there and done that!

Barbara Purvis Hunter (author) from Florida on March 20, 2013:

Hi Nell Rose,

It is so great to have you visit and for the sweet comment. My babies are big boys now with little ones of their own. I loved every minutes I spent with them.

Have a great Thursday.


Nell Rose from England on March 20, 2013:

Hi bobbi, yes that's exactly how a good aunt should be! fantastic! what fun, and they are all so gorgeous, love the photos and the story, wonderful! voted up and shared! nell

Barbara Purvis Hunter (author) from Florida on March 18, 2013:


They are the ones amazing---but thanks for the sweet comment---it has made my day.

Have a great week.

Bobbi Purvis

Cynthia Calhoun from Western NC on March 18, 2013:

Hehe...it sounds like you're just an amazing aunt and that your nieces and nephews will just adore you. That counts for so much. :D

Barbara Purvis Hunter (author) from Florida on March 18, 2013:


Great to have you visit and comment. Yes I always spoil my babies, my pets and husband,

You have a great week.


Ruchira from United States on March 18, 2013:

You sure must be spoiling them to death, Bobbi.

They love you for that :)

Awesome hub! Sharing it across

Barbara Purvis Hunter (author) from Florida on March 18, 2013:


What a delight to hear about you being an aunt and how much you love it. The same as I do I am sure---life would have been very dull without my nephews.

Thank you so much for the visit and comment, Have a great week.

Bobbi Purvis

Sharon Smith from Northeast Ohio USA on March 18, 2013:

Hi Bobbi,

I have 5 nephews and 2 nieces (and 1 great nephew). When they were born, you would have thought they were my kids I was SO excited. I was at the hospital waiting for them to arrive every single time. When I was out with any of them and someone said "oh what a cute daughter or son" ~ I simply said "why thank you." I take much pride in being an aunt. My sisters blessed me with these kids in my life. I never really felt bad about not being a mom because being an aunt is the best. With 7 of them, it seemed like there was always a baby around for many many years. Now that they are older, I still do things with/for them at times, but of course, it has changed. The youngest is now 15 and the oldest is 27 and has a son of her own. My great nephew is going to be 8 years old next week. I really enjoyed reading about your boys. It reminded me of my kids and all the memories.

Barbara Purvis Hunter (author) from Florida on March 18, 2013:

Thank you so much for your comment---it touched my heart.

Have a great week my friend,

Bobbi Purvis

Eiddwen from Wales on March 18, 2013:

So truly beautiful Bobbi and thank you so much for sharing this wonderful hub with us.


Barbara Purvis Hunter (author) from Florida on March 18, 2013:


Uncle Martin is missing a lot of fun. Have a great new week.


Martin Kloess from San Francisco on March 18, 2013:

Thank you very much for sharing this with me. Uncle Martin has pretty much disappeared.

Barbara Purvis Hunter (author) from Florida on March 17, 2013:


Thanks for your visit and I always enjoy your comments. Have a great new week and the sun shine on us all.

I am ready for spring.


Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on March 17, 2013:

Bobbi, that was beautiful, and you managed to bring tears to my eyes on this Sunday. Thank you for sharing your family with us.

blessings to you my friend,


Barbara Purvis Hunter (author) from Florida on March 17, 2013:


It was my pleasure to share it---and I hope no one thought I was bragging about myself.

Thanks for the correct spelling of Chuck E. Cheese I will fix it right away. You can tell I am now out of the loop of all the fun places to take children.

You are so lucky to have such beautiful children and all the nephews and nieces. What family reunions you must have with all of them.

Thanks and have a great new week---may the sun shine on us all.


Linda Bilyeu from Orlando, FL on March 17, 2013:

I loved reading about your nephews! How lucky they are to have their Aunt Bobbi. They sound like they've grown into fine men.

Chuck E Cheese is a great place to make memories, it's my favorite place to go with my grandkids :) I was an aunt for the first time at 9 years old. I was so thrilled when my first niece was born. I now have 10 nieces and nephews and 6 great nieces and nephews. I don't see them all as much as I'd like to, but luckily with Facebook, Skype and Facetime I can still "see" them!

Thank you for sharing your memories and nephews with us!

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