Today my oldest Nephew, I have four in total, turns 18. It is of course a big day for him as it is for everyone, what with being of age to drink, vote and defy your parents.
But this isn’t all about him, it’s a milestone for me as well. 18 for him means 18 years older for me & that’s a little much to take. He was born not one month after the attacks of 9/11, so sadly he never knew the World before that. Maybe that sadness is more for me as he never knew what he was missing.
I decided to write him a little verse for the occasion, which he has unexpectedly printed out and pinned on the fridge in my parents house. Maybe I am kinda cool after all.
I thought I would share it with a little further afield
This is him, at my wedding in 2011
I remember the night you were born. I was living in the room you currently occupy and Ada came up in the middle of the night to tell me that your Mum had gone to hospital to have you.
I was so excited to hear this that I went back to sleep. Don’t be disheartened, I wasn’t much older than you are now and had to get up for work in the morning.
After work that night I went to the hospital to visit, you were small, pink and strange looking. Apart from your size, not much has changed.
You came home to the Hamlet & pretty much took over the house. I was no longer Nan’s baby, which was good in some ways as people would stare when she took me out for walks. Its understandable, I was 20, over 6 foot tall & my feet trailed the ground as she struggled to push the buggy
After a week or two of getting used to having a tiny human in the house, you became like part of the furniture, which may have something to do with the fact we mainly kept you in the pot drawer in the kitchen.
The years since then have flown by and you have grown up into what some people describe as ‘a lot like Colin’ Or ‘a spit of Tom as a child’ I refute those claims, using the evidence of your healthy & gym active lifestyle. All that exercising shit solidifies my theory that you were switched at birth.
Anyway, on this day I shall impart some life advice, so pay attention.
1, You are now an adult, Nan can’t tell you what to do anymore
2, You are now an adult, your Mother can’t tell you what to do anymore
3, Considering 1 & 2, it’s still sensible to wash.
4,Don’t take life too seriously, no one gets out alive
Have a great day
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