May 14, 2012 by mamacravings
I was under the impression that I was an obvious pick for Eli’s favorite person in the world. After all, I birthed him. I nurse him. That should buy me at least 5 good years of favoritism.
While I may still be pretty high on the list, I’m not convinced of the number 1 spot. Eli has a collection of really fantastic uncles and aunts. Some are by family. Some adopted Eli along the way. Some Eli picked up as he went along. But they are all dearly loved, all cherished and all appreciated.
There is a particular uncle that is special to Eli. He sticks out from the aunt and uncle crowd because of his young age.
Jonathan had barely been 9 for a month when Eli was born. He didn’t really see what all of the fuss was about. That baby was loud. That baby was stinky. That baby sure did take up a lot of everyone’s attention.
A few months later, Jonathan proclaimed, “God sure must love us to give us baby Eli.”
He was slowly warming up to that baby. The stink was pretty gross (which translates to cool in 9 year-old boy language). The noise was kind of fun. This baby might not have been a bad deal after all.
Jonathan is now 11. At such a young age, he shows so much awareness. Jonathan is careful with his words and with his actions. He takes the time to play with Eli. He patiently quizzes him on shapes, colors and letters. He compliments Eli every moment he can. He is gentle. He is kind. He is sharing.
Jonathan is a wonderful uncle.
Jonathan and Eli, what a pair they are. And what a pair they will be, I’m sure. Boyish jokes, mud-pie summers and disheveled ruckus is all headed our way.
Yes, Jonathan, God absolutely showed His love in gifting our family with Eli. He also showed His love in blessing Eli with a young uncle of good character.
Dear Uncle “JonJon”,
Walk your path carefully. Walk it narrowly. There are tiny footsteps that follow your way.
an adoring sister-in-law (who will absolutely settle for not being first, when you’re at the top of the list).
Don’t miss this video on mamacraving’s fb page: Uncle Jonathan and Eli.