"The love of an aunt is something truly special. As the saying goes, they give
hugs like a mother, keep secrets like a sister, and share love like a friend.
That's why they can be their niece's and nephew's favorite person. An
8-year-old named Lenny McNaughton certainly took inspiration from his beloved
Aunt Steph; he entered an art contest with a portrait of her. The
Australia-based budding artist decided to keep his painting a secret and
finally show it to her when the time was right. Well, the painting wound up
being a finalist in the Young Archie competition and exhibited alongside the
prestigious Archibald Prize show. There was no better time to reveal his homage
Lenny decided to give his aunt a tour of the exhibit, without making any
mention of his piece. In a video posted to Instagram, Aunt Steph can be seen
exploring the gallery with her little nephew. As she begins to browse the wall,
she notices a particular work of art. “That looks like me,” she exclaims and
stops to read the description. “What? That is me!” and immediately takes her
hands to her face in shock. “Lenny did it,” she is told, as the 8-year-old
cheekily approaches her with a smile. The two then embrace, as something even
more amazing is revealed.
“He's the finalist! He's been chosen as a finalist!” the woman recording the
video reveals, as Lenny proudly points to the information card beside his work.
“‘Auntie Steph is a very favorite person because she makes my day brighter,'”
she reads aloud. “‘She makes everything fun. Auntie Steph grows her own
sunflowers in her backyard [and] gives them to people to make them happy. She's
a beautiful person inside and out.'” Deeply touched, the aunt embraces her
nephew once more."
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*** Xanni ***
Chief Scientist, Xanadu
Partner, Glass Wings
Manager, Serious Cybernetics