I received a text message from my younger niece, Ashley, last night.  It read, “hey!  wanted to tell you I just made my first banana bread! but I used oatmeal flour and added white chocolate chips! :)”

I am happy as a clam (funny phrase, isn’t it) that Ashley texted me her news.  Having no children of my own, I am immensely grateful for my relationship with my nieces and nephews.  They are my link to the next generation and generations to come.  They keep me as hip as I possibly can be and they are the reason I keep up with technology!  Texting has kept me in contact with my nieces throughout their college careers and I can glimpse into their lives and the life of my older nephew on Facebook (no, I don’t consider it stalking)!

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