Last year, my best friend Mells gave me one of the greatest gifts ever when she gave birth to my godson, Reyez. He is the best, beautiful and boisterous, never failing to make me laugh or bring me joy. Every moment spent with him is special and I’m blessed to be part of his life.
One of the highlights of my year was watching Reyez get dedicated, and also playing a part in that special moment as one of his godparents. It was a real celebration and he looked beyond cute on the day in his white suit. His mum definitely knows how to have him looking his best.
I’ve also had the pleasure of looking after Reyez a few times this year, with the stand out being him spending a day at “Aunty Day Care” (basically my sister and me looking after him at our house). We played with toys, I sang to him, fed him, changed him and got him to sleep. I was taken aback, but also found it hilarious, when he roared at me as he cried for food. This boy definitely loves his food.
My heart filled with joy and excitement as I saw that he was walking, and now I’m just waiting for him to start properly talking – I’m insistent that he will say Aunty Shan, no matter what his mum says. I’m also looking forward to when he’ll stop ripping paper so I can read to him.
Now his mum, Mells, has been my best friend for about 10 years, and our friendship has always been an interesting one. We are very different people and we show love in very different ways, although we know that the love is always there. While I’m very much about words and expressions of love, I’ve come to realise that my Mells shows love through her actions and giving you her quality time – time is 100% a big thing for her, which I sadly find hard to give at times.
During the beautiful, warm weather we enjoyed in spring and summer this year, Mells, Reyez and I went on a picnic. I asked what I should bring, but Mells insisted I didn’t need to bring anything, and when we sat down on our mats in the park, she unpacked a spread of cooked food, snacks, fruit and drinks that catered to my vegetarian diet. I couldn’t believe that she had prepared all of this and not wanted me to contribute anything. I felt genuinely loved, appreciated and cared for – those are the actions of a true friend there.
I’ve spent quite a bit of time with Mells and Reyez this year, which has brought me plenty of laughter and left me with a number of memories. These are two of the most important people in my life, who I would die for without a second thought. Like I said, I’m so blessed to have Reyez as my godson – he never fails to bring me happiness and was often my light during my darker days at the beginning of the year. I love the both of them with all my heart.