Every kid should be lucky enough to have an Uncle Joe. An uncle that is not afraid to be goofy, take you camping, and joke with you while he takes the leach off your finger so you know it's no big deal. An uncle that can bust out a guitar and sing an amazing ballad he just wrote or get everyone rolling with an inappropriate song. An uncle that will stand outside on Easter, no matter how cold it ends up being that year to grill hotdogs and hamburgers for his wife's entire side of the family. An uncle that knows the balance of being an adult but still taking the time to play.
I'm grateful to have grown up lucky enough to have my Uncle Joe. I'm grateful for all the trips I got to take with him and my cousins. I'm grateful that leaches come off with just a little salt. I'm grateful for his playful spirit and his inappropriate songs. I'm grateful for the laugh he is so good at giving. I'm grateful for the hours he spent in his studio moving old homemade kids song cassettes to cds so my daughter can enjoy the songs I enjoyed growing up. And I'm grateful for the amazing talent he has for writing his own songs and that he shares them with us.
Who is your"Uncle Joe"? Who do you know that has balanced the art of being an adult with playfulness? Who helped create some of your best childhood memories?
May today remind us the importance of play. May we allow our gifts to be shared with the world. And may we find gratitude for all the amazing people in our lives. Have a beautiful day!