Of course you might not be a creep.@birdsintrees it's been enough time to reflect, and just am inspired children and find them heartwarming... that child really brought out the father in me, and that's another reason why I loved spending time with her; so these deeply held desires of being a father were brought to the surface when we'd spend time together just her and I; it was nice to see what it would be like to be a Dad! ha
That's really all it was! I've also always connected well with children; they always seem to gravitate towards me, and their pure nature is something inspiring/rare in this world I obviously prefer deep relationships with people my own age, and am not some creep or whatever these people are misunderstanding
The thing is you need to bring in the empathy of the parents feelings. Those thoughts might come to their mind. Since you meet them once a year. You are not being rude.
But if I was in your place I would simply not do it because of empathic feelings her parents might be having. The distance is too much plus the lack of closeness of relationship.
If they reject the gesture the reasons would probably the same as people are starting here.