Tuesday, June 19, 2012

The Uncle Diaries

My job is to watch my nine month old nephew while my sister is in the kitchen. I’m doing a great job if I do say so myself.

First I watch him crawl across the living room carpet.

Then I watch him stop at the couch, reach up with one tiny hand, and pull himself unsteadily to his feet.

After that I watch as he reaches out with his other hand for the pile of freshly folded laundry on the couch and pulls a…a cloth rectangular thingee from the bottom.

The neatly stacked tower leans perilously for one second, and in the next, my nephew vanishes beneath an avalanche of fabric. He pops up from among the whites like a humpback whale breaching the ocean‘s surface. He squeals delightedly and flails his arms amidst the carnage, hurling clothing hither and thither with wild abandon. There is a lone white sock dangling from the side of his head.

“Are you keeping an eye on him?” my sister calls from the other room.

“You bet,” I reply as my nephew crawls out of the wreckage, crawling towards the end table, his eyes fixed on the cord to the lamp, a laser-guided cute missile locked on-target.

My instructions are to watch, so I do, but I won’t lie: I’m curious to see what happens next.

I can’t believe people complain about parenting being hard work.

This being a responsible adult shit is easy.

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