This one goes back to family again. As you know if you follow my blog, I come from a large family. I am the fifth, and last, child in my family and am considerably younger than my siblings. I became an aunt at age three and again at six, then regularly thereafter. Since i was so close to my nieces' and nephews' age, I often felt more like I was their sister than their aunt. I was, and still am, fiercely protective of them if I feel someone wishes them harm. By the time I was 18 I had 14 nieces and nephews. I hope they all feel they can depend on me for emotional support any time they need it. I don't even know how many grandnieces and grandnephews I have, and I'm already on great-grands.
Did I mention that I come from a large family?