alex & the flash

alex

12 years ago I met a rambunctious 2-year old named Alex. He climbed anything he could, locked himself in and out of rooms, and somehow made being stubborn adorable.

I didn’t know that years later he would become my nephew. He was the first child I spent time with in my adult life. He and his brother lit up our lives with goofiness, climbing antics and conversations we still laugh about today. It feels like a gift to be around a child from the very beginning. I can appreciate what a wonderfully kind and calm person he’s become. Our daughter, even at such a young age, is already enamored with his calm aura and warm spirit.

Sadly, our nephews and their family are leaving the state. I cannot begin to put into words what it will be like at our family functions without their family. I’m sad for us all as we experience the loss of their presence in our everyday lives. And I’m truly sad that our daughter will not be able to play and learn from Alex. I think they would’ve been great friends.

A few months back Alex asked me to draw him with the Flash for his birthday. Because of my book deadline, I didn’t get a chance to draw it until today.

Happy belated birthday, Alex.

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