Dear Future Stella,
You have some very special people in your world who love you and that have really impacted you thus far. These people have made quite an effort to be a major part of your life. I have decided to feature these people on, or near, their birthdays so that you can re-live the moments that your memory might not have stored.
I was just admitting to my Grandma today that I am terrible at remembering birthdays- I blame the fact that I don’t have Facebook, but I am determined to get better at this. I will never forget my best friends’ birthdays (June 29th and May 25th, you know who you are), or my immediate family members- those birthdays have stuck like glue. Everyone else, I just can’t get it together, so these posts will help me to remember and hopefully give you a little glimpse of these beginning relationships.
March 12 is Michael Schwartz’s birthday. He is my uncle, married to my Mom’s sister. You call him Guncle. We gave him this name as an abbreviation for Great Uncle. Later (much too late) we realized that Guncle actually means Gay Uncle. You met him for the first time when you were 5 weeks old and despite the fact that he lives in Oregon, you see him quite a bit.
I remember the day so clearly when he married my Tante. It was so magical to me and I was so excited to have someone like him join our family. I used to drive him crazy singing made up songs like “Michael, Michael, Motorcycle, vroooooooom.” I was obnoxious and loud and was way too hyper around him. Despite my insanity, they decided to have kids of their own and those kids mean just about everything to me. I remember when they were born, and they have since grown up and I now consider them my friends. Your Guncle has also been a parenting inspiration to me and has been such a great example of what a husband should embody. I enjoy his company and since the day you were born he has been the best straight Guncle a girl could ask for.
Guncle has always been down to play with you no matter what it is. He dives right into your interests and puts so much effort into ensuring that you remember him. His specialty is just taking your hand and walking with you.
We also often find you on his lap
Guncle, Happy Birthday!! Thank you so much for being an insanely good heterosexual gay uncle to Current Stella.
Future Stella, I love you. Current Stella, you have been getting hives lately and we have been trying so hard to figure out what is causing them. This morning you suggested that maybe they were tiny houses on your body where little animals were living.