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Always an Adventure: Being joyfully jealous of my daughter's bond with Gigi


My mom raised me as a single parent. We had a support system but not a biological family. I didn’t get to spend weekends with my grandparents because they, unfortunately, passed before I had the chance. I had adoptive grandparents in church, but it wasn’t the same. 

My youngest daughter and my mom have the weirdest relationship, but I’m so jealous of it. 

Mckenna loves to FaceTime her Gigi and talk junk over the phone. She asks her Gigi to take her to get some boiled peanuts or asks her to bring them to her. When she was younger, she had a Skittles addiction, and my mom was her dealer. We would stop by to see Gigi at work, and my daughter would ask her to buy her some Skittles and a juice. Arguing was pointless. Gigi always won.  

My daughter even dares to tell my mom when we see her that she’s going to her house – not asking, just telling my mom, and my mom says, “Well, get your stuff.” She knows my kids already have their bags packed and ready to go before she even says a word. 

I can admit I’m jealous that my kids get these moments, not only with my mom but with my in-laws, too. I can admit that my kids don’t know how lucky they are to experience so much love from so many different angles. I’m jealous, but I’m joyful. And yes, it’s still always an adventure.

Nakeshia Shannon is a photographer and mother of three. Visit her online at NakeshiaRenee.com