It’s hard for me to believe, but my nephew Sean, the youngest of my brother’s children, turns 21 today. This is out of control. I swear to you one minute he was the cutest little baby and the next thing you know he’s off to college and now he can drink legally, and well, it’s a lot for an Aunt to absorb.
I wrote at length about Sean on his birthday last year, and then wrote about seeing him in a rather avant-garde production of Midsummer Night’s Dream. In just a few short weeks I am headed off to Chicago again, this time to see him in his own stage adaptation of Kurt Vonnegut’s Cat’s Cradle, which as he knows, is just about one of my most favorite-est books ever. One of my many joys in life has been introducing the youth to some of my favorite authors. So maybe Aubrey didn’t swoon over Little Women the way I did (I always pictured myself a modern-day Jo) but Sean took to Vonnegut like a fish to water.
Sean is a junior at Northwestern now, with all sorts of accomplishments under his belt, and I’ve decided recently to claim credit for all of his talent, on and off stage. My subtle but powerful influence in his life has been nothing short of extraordinary. His gift for sarcasm, his wit, his good looks, his charm…well I think we all know that was mostly my work. His tuition bills, however, can continue to go to his parents, because I don’t do tuition. I do intuition. Get it? See, this is what I’m saying. A little thing I like to call witty.
At any rate, true love means going to Chicago in February, two years in a row, and that’s just how much I love that kid. If you’re in the area, come check out his show! I will be the one in the audience pointing at him and stage-whispering to everyone that he is my nephew.
I don’t know how I got so lucky to be an Aunt to such amazing kids, but Sean has brought me 21 years of joy and laughter, and I am thrilled to wish him a very happy birthday!!