When I was a kid (A looooooooooooooooong time ago), I had loads of aunties and uncles.
My mum was one of 14 children, So I grew up referring to auntie so-and-so, or Uncle whatsisname.
Aswell as the REAL aunties and uncles, I also learnt that many of the people I referred to as Auntie and Uncle were in fact simply friends of my parents. I’m not sure that this happens now-a-days? Good friends of mine are simply labelled with their name, not automatically made an auntie or an uncle.
So it was quite a surprise, that I became an ‘Uncle’ to a friends kids today.
I arranged with an old friend, to spend the afternoon, with him and his 2 young children. (we will call them J aged 3 and JJ aged 4). We decided as the weather wasn’t great, that the easiest and safest option would be to take us and the 3 kids in tow, to a close by Play Gym.
This play gym was frequented by J and JJ quite often and although it was the first time BB had been there and only his second ever visit to a soft play, they all had a good time.
So when my friend gave J and JJ their 10 minute warning that we were going home soon, J surprisingly asked his dad the little question; “Is Uncle Brian coming to our house?”
|Now, which tooth did ya say was hurtin’?|
Now, I don’t mind being known as ‘Uncle’ to kids other than my actual nephew, but I was puzzled as to why I was Uncle Brian! Unfortunately, J couldn’t give a reason for calling me Uncle Brian, even if I have only ever been introduced to them by my real name.
His dad couldn’t think of a reason for the funny name either, but I have been called much worse and I actually quite liked it. Even if I do look more like Uncle Buck!
So, did you have ‘Uncles and ‘Aunties’ when you were growing up?
Have you had a similar, strange nickname from other children?
What are you known as by your friends kids?
Answers on a post card….. or in the comments box below, either is good.
As always, thanks for reading