Saturday, February 05, 2011
I'm an Adult Now
I am an old man.
My nephew, Matt, turned 18 the other day. We celebrate tonight.
When my sister sent me this picture, I had to remind her he was 18.....not 21. Her response? "oooops".
I like to think my nieces and nephews are better behaved than their uncle was at that age. They'd almost have to be. I'm sure this probably wasn't his first beer, but in some ways, I'd like to think it was. I'm a little protective of him.
18 years. Where did the time go? Somewhere in the background, "Sunrise Sunset" is playing - no?
I remember the day he came home from the hospital. He wailed when I held him....but so did his sister. I had never held babies before those two. My then 20 month old niece was great....and thought he was great....and then promptly took that bag that came home with him from the hospital and placed it at the door. She was done. He was to be temporary.
When Matt was young, I decided I would mold him in my image. Scary, huh? I knew I wouldn't have kids, but I thought he'd be the perfect protegee. And for the most part, it has worked.
He has a great sense of humour. He has picked up excellent musical tastes. Well, I guess that's all there is that I can pass along. He's a lot more than I am - a straight A student, a ranked tennis player and he plays guitar, bass and drums.
I do have to say, his parents have never dissuaded me from this endeavor of me being his guide. They chuckle at our interaction and anymore he's become quite quick with his verbal jabs. In return when they were young, they were asked who they wanted as guardian if something happened their mom & dad. I got the nod. Their lawyer made it official.
Denton and I do a lot with Matt - movies, concerts, stuff like that. I can honestly say, I never had even one day out, let alone attended any events, with any of my uncles as I was growing up.
In six month, he'll be away at college. I tease my sister that they'll be all alone and lonely when he's gone, but in reality, so will I. But for now, I will enjoy the time with him.
Song by: Pursuit of Happiness