Congratulations on making your appearance into the world! Your unexpected early arrival resulted in a delightful text message to me, your uncle, last Sunday morning February 4th.
You chose a great day to be born. Not only do you share the same birthday as the classical composer, Johann Ludwig Bach, but you also decided to make your mark on the same day that over 200 years ago, our first president, George Washington was elected. These shared experiences seem like a great omen for your potential.
Speaking of potential, I know you’re chock full of it because you’re surrounded by the perfect pairing of people that I know, aka “Mom and Dad.”
Your Dad is one of the most patient and caring people that I have ever met. Your Mom is…less patient, but there’s no one I’d rather have in my corner than your mom. Her zeal and passion for life are unmatched, just make sure you do your chores on time and you two will get along swimmingly.
Your big brother is a dynamic bundle of energy that I’m positive will be your protector and model for as long as you live. Follow his smile and you’ll be destined for success.
You have not one, but two sets of Grandparents, so I suggest always going the extra mile to see how spoiled you can be. I doubt there is any gift that is too lofty nor any trip too far that they wouldn’t provide or embark upon for the simple return of your laughter.
There are other Aunts and Uncles who are great but let’s be clear, I’m the best Uncle. This may sound selfish or conceited, but history is told by the victors, and I’m winning this whole “cool uncle” thing.
Don’t believe me? Ask your brother. Before the age of one, I had him decked out in apparel that was representing him as the best baby on the block. I’m talking about clothing that has Tu-Pac’s face on it or a band shirt for A Tribe Called Quest.
By being born in 2018, you’ve entered a globe that is simultaneously scary and stupendous. Our country is in the midst of a crisis of democracy, but I think by the time you’ll be aware of politics, the bloviating buffoon who is incongruous with what our American values stand for will cause the ship to pitch the opposite direction. I have no doubt you’ll be alive for the first gay, black, and Jewish female president.
Sorry about the environment. We’re trying to fix it. It’s just taking a little longer than I would like to convince people that just because it’s snowing more, that doesn’t mean that we’re not doing serious damage to plants and animals.
On the positive side, two days after you were born, the largest rocket ever was put into space, with the sole reason of sending a car to Mars for an endearing publicity stunt. The Internet has made the world a nation of individual voices, allowing previously untold stories to ricochet around the globe at lightning fast speed. And most of us agree that we should keep diseases that we’ve previously wiped out, wiped out with vaccinations, so I don’t think you’ll have to deal with the fear of polio.
To use a tired cliche, you have the entire world at your baby fingertips, and I’m so excited to see what you grab onto and mold into your own vision. It’s going to be a true pleasure to watch you grow and consistently astound me and the rest of your family.
As you venture out and explore life with a spirit of bravery, adventure, and kindness, know that you have limitless possibilities in what you can achieve. Most importantly, remember that there’s no one correct path for life – as long as you approach each day with a smile and an open heart, you’ll forge your own iconic destiny that will make all of us proud for eons.
Vaughn Arthur Walker – 5 out of 5 Stars