Friday, September 11, 2009

Nostalgia is probably on the docket for most of us today. I'm gonna just roll with that. But instead of reliving the horrors of 9/11, I think I tell you about my uncle.

My dad's brother is one of the most interesting and fantastic people I know. I didn't really get that until I was an adult. Go figure. Before adulthood I may have been a little self absorbed...But now that we are all grownups together I am really happy to have my uncle Barry in my life. For starters, he is probably the smartest person I have ever met. And he is funny, and kind, and can play the guitar. Which in my book is a super cool skill. He loves my kids, and hanging out with our family makes him a little schmoopy too. All fabulous characteristics in an uncle/grandfather figure.

His life has been harder than some. Vietnam Vet. Long haul truck driver. And one infamous family story about some questionable vows that lasted less than a month. (But what a great story!!) I think all that has made him a wonderful student of life, and adds to the onion skin layers of his down to earth personality that I love so much.

I am driving his car today while he is in New York with my dad - my grandmother's memorial was yesterday. When I turned on his car This American Life was on the radio. For some reason the fact that he listens ot NPR just endeared him to me that much more.

So here's a hug for you Uncle Barry! Have a safe trip. We missed you for Friday breakfast this morning!!


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