Honoring Uncle Sam by Shooting for Uncle of the Century

Life is all about being thankful and having fun


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Ok, I confess — I’m an uncle, too. Yes, that’s right, an uncle. I’m not only in the running for “Father of the Century,” but if I can do all in my power to get the “Uncle of the Century” nomination, too, then so be it. This Memorial weekend will be fun. Kids and all, we will spend as much time as possible with nieces, cousins and nephews. The weekend will be filled with kids and more kids. And if I’m going to make a great father/uncle impression on the “little people,” why not start with the newest editions to the family, Jaxon, Mason, Madison and Olivia?

Jaxon is the lone brother surrounded by glamorous sisters who often, probably as I’m writing this, spoil him rotten. Then there are Mason and Madison, protected daily by their older Brother CJ. Are they twins, you ask? Yes they are. How did you know? That’s double the fun, trouble, tears and fears with them growing up and getting into all types of stuff out of which the uncle will probably help them.  And, the ship will not be ready to sail into the wind of life unless I mention Olivia. She is the charismatic little one that I am still desperately trying to win over. Since I haven’t charmed her just yet, I have to work on it with help from her three brothers.

In the beginning, when they were tiny, tiny newborns, I was terrified to hold them. I needed help, so I asked my kids what’s “new” in the world today for amusing younger kids. After getting some up-to-date information and hard criticisms, I secured much-needed direction. But I was still skeptical when it came to holding them.

After persistent urging from their parents, I still couldn’t do it. From all the video chatting, I saw with amazement they were getting bigger, crawling and speaking slightly understandable gibberish. My game plan was to shower them with funny faces. Not the ones that make them cry, but truly funny ones. As they got a little bigger, the faces were followed by air travel. No not airplanes, but the occasional toss up in the air. I am always surprised when they giggle and forget to use their Kung Fu grip on my shirt.

That’s the reason for life in my opinion — to be thankful and have fun.  Memorial Day is an American holiday, which some say marks the beginning of summer and, more importantly, observes our U.S. Military casualties. While we may do a lot of playing, we will also teach these youngsters the reason for the holiday and honor our military. Gather with your family this weekend and enjoy every aspect of them, especially the youth and those who serve. I’ll certainly be doing my best to honor Uncle Sam while vying for the title of “Uncle of the Century.”

G. I. Barrett, II, a short story author, novelist, freelance writer and poet, is a North Carolina native and proud father of a son and daughter. He has forthcoming novels, including The Rise & Fall of Love’s Gravitational Pull. Connect with Barrett on Twitter: @therealgeneralb, Instagram: @wordolo_g and Facebook: facebook.com/therealgeneralb.

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G. I. Barrett, II, short story author, novelist, freelance writer and poet, is a native of North Carolina. He enjoys being a father and often considers himself the father of the year, every year. Being a dad has its perks. You get to shower your kids with love, food and the occasional evil eye. Every holiday enhances the relationship between a dad and his kids. Each month, Barrett will share parenting stories that focus on holidays from a dad’s perspective. When he’s not running down behind his daughter and son, or becoming a sturdy Stallion horse strong enough to carry two young and energetic cow-children on his back, he enjoys the family aspects of his community and incorporates his love for parenthood. Barrett has been featured in magazines and newspapers and believes painting the interesting parent picture with his “quill paintbrush” will help those who need reassurance that life is full of vibrant experiences.

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