Joseph the Youngest Nephew turns 14 in a few days. Here he is at age two, way back in 2008.
He’s now a tall, deep-voiced 8th-grader.
Two nephews and a niece each have birthdays this month.
I recall visiting Karen in the hospital after Blayne was born. He is the first child born to either of my sisters, and that made his birth truly special.
Anna is the niece born in November. Her birth, right at Thanksgiving, was welcomed by my parents on a brief furlough from Argentina. (That trip would be the last time any of us saw Mom, since she died not long after, in Argentina.) I visited Beth in the hospital the day after Thanksgiving, if I recall correctly.
And then Joseph came along fourteen years ago. I was in Muncie, Indiana at the time, as had to wait a few weeks to great the last of the nephews.
So apparently yesterday was Gay Uncles Day.
My friend Ken reminded me that we should be receiving cards and gifts from our nieces and nephews. (Alas . . . .)
So in honor, here’s photos of me with the blood relative (for I have numerous adopted) nieces and nephews over the years, and some photos I’ve taken of them:
Youngest nephew Joseph is quite the teenage zoologist. My sister suggested I take him to the Kansas City Zoo at Swope Park on Wednesday last, so Joe and I waited out the rain and then spent two hours with sea lions and tigers and lorikeets and kangaroos and red pandas and Merino sheep and such. And a good time was had by all.
I made a quick dash this week to Lee’s Summit, more of which later. But I had to share these photos of me with Luke (18) and Joe (13), Beth’s two boys.
The niece and nephews were around and about on Friday.
I spent some time on Tuesday with my sister and nephews at their home in Lee’s Summit.
My niece Anna left her mutt Aphrodite with the family this week while she is back/forth to Saint Louis.