I was shy and standoff-ish. Nothing like my children. Visits from family seemed to present only the best opportunity for failure. To be annoying and underfoot. Not these kids. They are confident and assured in ways I'm still struggling.
I learn a lot from my children.
They have no trouble sitting -- dripping wet and sunscreen slicked -- on the laps of distant relatives they'd only just met to pose for a picture.
They ask a thousand questions and get a thousand answers.
They had no trouble offering hugs and sad good-byes when it was time for the party to move onward.
They can't wait to visit them, where they live ... especially if it's near "Disney Channel World."