The Joys of Babysitting

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Last night for the first time, my sister let me babysit my niece who turns six years old today. I’ve never understood why my sister does not let me babysit, but she never has. It’s always kind of hurt my feelings, but after my mother made a big deal over it, she finally asked me to babysit while she and her husband went out for their anniversary. It’s hard to believe that she’s been married to that asshole for fifteen years.

My niece was so excited to have Uncle Joe spending the evening with her that she was beside herself with anticipation. She loves her Uncle Joe almost as much as I love her. When I got there she wanted to play school. She is obviously liking school, even if her parents were afraid she wouldn’t. Why else would she want to play school, if she didn’t enjoy it? So we played school; I cooked supper; we watched a little Disney Jr; we drew shapes and pictures; and I read to her. We had a fantastic time.

I was exhausted when I left, but also exhilarated at getting a chance to spend some one-on-one time with my beautiful, sweet, and intelligent niece. We had such a great time. I love that little girl.

P.S. The picture above is of Ryan Phillippe with his daughter Ava Elizabeth, spending quality time out at the beach.

About Joe

I began my life in the South and for five years lived as a closeted teacher, but am now making a new life for myself as an oral historian in New England. I think my life will work out the way it was always meant to be. That doesn't mean there won't be ups and downs; that's all part of life. It means I just have to be patient. I feel like October 7, 2015 is my new birthday. It's a beginning filled with great hope. It's a second chance to live my life…not anyone else's. My profile picture is "David and Me," 2001 painting by artist Steve Walker. It happens to be one of my favorite modern gay art pieces. View all posts by Joe

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