She's my niece's daughter, technically my grand-niece, and she's an accomplished young woman.
As my other niece said in her toast today, back when Kristin's grandmother (my sister) was Kristin's age, she couldn't get a credit card without a co-sign from a husband or father. And this week Kristin is buying a house. On her own. Just a couple of years out of college.
And I felt that a celebration was in order. A house-warming type of celebration to help her get started. And so today many of the women of the family gathered for a brunch in Kristin's honor.
This year I've heard a lot about kick-ass women, primarily on the political front. And I'm pretty tickled to have a bunch of kick-ass women in my own family. Here we are, ranging from an octogenarian to a 1-year-old, the latter having just learned to wave, she waved herself to exhaustion. Three other kick-ass nieces were unable to be present, one traveling in Europe, one working, and the third participating in a lacrosse tournament.
We had a good time. We told stories. We ate delicious food. We laughed. We learned interesting things. And when we were done, everyone took home a house pot holder as a memento of our good time together.