Thursday, September 14, 2017

Uncle duty

My day at work was winding down when I got a call on my cell. When I looked at my phone, it showed the picture of my niece. She never calls me at work. Humm, I thought. Something's up.

She sounded stressed. Her mom, who usually picks up my great nephew Jordan was stuck in an unending meeting at the board of education and she wouldn't be able to pick Jordan up from school.

One of my "uncle duties" is to fix things. When she has a flat in the boonies and needs someone to change it for her – she calls me. When she needs a new fridge, she asks me to go with her so that the salesmen (yes it's often men) don't jack her around. I cosigned for her when she bought her first new car.  I'm not whining. I'm actually flattered that she asks for my help.

Today she asked if there was any way I could run by the school and pick up "the kid."  I told her I could. A few minutes later, she called back and said her mom was supposed to pick up my great nephew Anthony too.  "Not a problem," I can handle it.

When school lets out, it's a madhouse. Hundreds of "walkers" come out to the front walk so that their parents, grandparents, and uncles can collect them. I"m on the approved list for all my nieces and nephews.

I picked the boys up and buckled them in the truck. I handed my phone to Jordan and told him to do a selfie of us all and send the picture to his mother so she'd know I'd picked up "The Packages."

He took the picture below while I was stopped at an intersection and with a few taps, sent the picture to his mom.

I smiled as we drove toward home, "That little turd knows more about my phone that I do."


  1. Kids are light years ahead of us when it comes to technology.

  2. Nice uncle and nice selfie.
    Hugs, Julia

  3. The best of times Rick.

  4. Of course your phone is no mystery to him. Sigh.

  5. He'd be lost if he had to call with a rotary dial.

  6. You're a good uncle, the best!

  7. Fun picture and these kids know all about phones, iPads, iPods, tablets, laptops, computers...ughhhh. I'm happy I know how to use my remote which is more than my hubby does. Glad she knows whom she can rely on

  8. Your such a good Uncle. The kids are adorable! Yes smart too! Thats a great photo!

  9. That's a great picture ! You do a wonderful job of being an uncle.

  10. I finally learned how to text message within the last few months. My children and GRANDCHILDREN have been texting for years.

  11. Such sweet faces! (Yes, your face is sweet too!) Family is all about being there for each other and you and Jilda do just that. Enjoy the weekend!

  12. Anonymous1:16 PM

    On phones & computers I can only do what my son has taught me to do!!

  13. Those Uncle duties will immortalize Uncle Rick. Neat idea, the selfie, more for the boys than anything. Neat.


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