Posts Categorized: Family

What do you want to be when you grow up?

This Sunday, elder nieceling comes to visit. Weather permitting, we’ll start the day with a long walk, then come back and hang out, maybe watch a movie on the big TV and meet the grandparents for lunch. In and around all that, we’ll look for a job.  Well, a job for her.  Well, a different job… Read more »

Life after Death

‘Tis the season, indeed! The next six weeks are traditionally reserved for holidays around families.  While being single and never married means I don’t have my own little fireplace gathering (as if we need fireplaces in South Florida), I still have family to spend the holidays with. Despite many tales of cheer revolving around my family… Read more »

I’m not ignorant, I’m just forgetful

My last walk wasn’t as joyous as usual, some sobering health news from my Dad contributing to that.  A phone conversation with my distraught, recently graduated niece ended well, but led me to some pondering.  Why am I always so lighthearted? It’s not like I’m unaware of people blowing each other up in the middle… Read more »

Omigosh, my nieces are aliens!

Greetings, nieceling! This is the most common way weird Uncle Jeffrey says hi to his nieces.  It is this very weirdness that allowed me to pierce the finely woven veil and realize that my nieces are actually aliens.  Need proof?  Then, read on! I make my case based on cold, hard, unarguable facts: – They… Read more »

Anyone but family

Welp, the long-delayed life presentation has been delivered to my nieces.  Now, all that remains is to watch if they absorbed the critical information. For you latecomers, there’s been a scheduled-canceled-rescheduled-re-canceled meeting for my darling two nieces on the very cusp of their future life (23 and 20, for you numbers peeps).  The talk ranged… Read more »

The end of the string?

When I was growing up, I liked most green vegetables.  At the time, I was not so fond of brussel sprouts (love ’em, now), but I was game for everything else. Some of those green vegetables came in cans, most often Del Monte Peas (regular and Le Seur) and green beans (preferably cut, but occasionally… Read more »

Is it okay to feel good when bad news turns less bad?

Recent family events have kept a damper over what should be a euphoric time.  Maintaining perspective within the scope of “we don’t have all the answers yet” is always a challenge, but I do like to believe the best possible results will happen to me and mine, so I’ve done my part in staying upbeat…. Read more »

The shirt off my Dad’s back

(I guess I should call this “Size Matters Week”, considering the trend so far) Okay, sure, my Dad isn’t that old. Each time I visit with Dad, he attempts to give me some clothes to take home.  This is mostly a factor of his wife constantly asking him to get rid of his older clothes.  Why… Read more »

Good thing we didn’t find E.T.

It’s closing time for “Family Week”.  Today’s final post relates to my family’s unique challenges with phones. We can start with me, a staunch resister of cellular phones for as long as possible and then even longer.  One was forced on me during my last few years at work (I can’t honestly say it contributed… Read more »