My three wonderful granddaughters, Faith, Ryan, and Adrianna, are blessed with a huge gaggle of adults in their lives who care for and care about them. They are loved and they know it (at least most of the time!). Two of the people that play a significant role in their lives are their Aunt Carol and Uncle John McDermott. John is my brother, a dear friend, and trusted advisor. Carol and John have gone out of their way to be a part of the kids’ lives. They are generous with their time, attention, and money. The girls adore them.
This past Thanksgiving, John came and spent the holiday with me, my daughter, Alicia and the girls in Huntsville AL. Missing were David, my son-in-law who was serving our country in a distant land, and my sister-in-law Carol, who was serving her family in a not-so-distant land. John played “Great Uncle” or as the kids call him “Gruncle.” Frankly, as a widow, I loved having a man in the house who is willing and able to pour the wine and make the gravy for Thanksgiving dinner!
John took the girls on a shopping trip and then narrated a fashion show. It was such a good time and the pictures are found in my gallery. He also took them to movies and out to lunch. John even played student as Ryan taught him to draw cartoons and Faith taught science. Most of all he listened to their stories, enjoyed their successes, and made them feel valued.
I share this, because as adults we sometimes do not recognize the opportunities we have in our lives to be Greatuncles, aunts, parents, grandparents, and just plain caring people. Gruncle John McDermott is a role model of this loving service.