Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Uncles are cool

This week, I became an uncle for the second time.

My brother and his wife had their second son, Luke, on Saturday night. Oddly, they are New Orleans Saints fans and at the time of Luke's birth, the Saints were losing to the Detroit Lions in what looked to be a major upset. Then, one more Saints fan was born, and the tide turned.

I absolutely adore Luke's older brother Nathan, so I'm sure I'll have all kinds of love for Luke too.

This of course brings me to the point of today's writing, 3 good things about being an uncle.
I have no children myself, so being an uncle is about as close as I can get right now, and that's good. Why? What's so good about being an Uncle?

2) Obvious - I get to have all kinds of fun with the nephew(s) and then I go home. It's rare that I have to deal with a young Mr. Cranky Pants. Not that these angelic perfect children are ever upset in any way mind you, but it's not part of the deal.

3) Sweet - I get to teach him about guy stuff that his dad might overlook or be edited by the boy's mother. Things like: "Pull my finger", "Watch what happens when I do this" and the ever popular "have you seen what I can do with my thumb?"

1) Being Jesus - ok, I'm a lousy example, but I do know the guy. Luke and Nathan might not think Jesus is cool, simply because their parents do. I might be the cool uncle who also taught them that Jesus is awesome. I could totally live with that.

I can't wait to see them!


  1. Congrats, Brian! Nieces and nephews are a world of fun, with none of the sticky parenting responsibilities! Enjoy spoiling them!

  2. The saying goes: Mothering is a necessity, Grand-mothering is a luxury. Being a grandmother has all sorts of benefits. 1. Obvious-I don't have to get up for the middle-of-the-night feedings, although, when I am visiting, I usually wake up for them. 2. Sweet-One more precious voice calling me Nana. 3. Fun- comparing notes with the other set of grandparents.
    Other reasons: More Children's Christmas Pageants to look forward to. Wondering if Luke will continue the tradition of calling his paternal grandfather "Grumpy".
    Only down-side: We live so far away that I don't get to see them often enough (same goes for my 2 older sons & wonderful daughter-in-law. It's a 17-hour drive from Gulfport to Norfolk, longer still to Philly.

  3. Congrats all around, "Uncle Brine". God bless.


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