Our 6th grade niece has been spending the last couple of weeks with us. Her mother (my sister) drops her off in the morning and picks her up in the evening. She just earned her orange belt in Tae kwon do. Because it has provided us a break from our normal summer routine, we have all enjoyed her sojourn with us. My children idolize her. But I think she is learning more about us than I am comfortable with.
Yesterday, my sister told me something very interesting that my niece said after going home one night. She said something like, “I don’t want to chase after and marry the popular guys at school. I want to chase after the nerds and marry one of them.” When her mother asked her why she thought that, my niece replied, “Because that is what Aunt D. (my wife) did.”
I will be more closely monitoring the communications between my wife and my niece.