This nine panel comic by Ali Solomon of Wiggle Room Blog is the perfect representation of how, little by little, unclehood can transform a man who doesn’t have his own kids. So many single guys out there can’t begin to imagine the disgusting details required to take care of a baby. I mean, obviously diapers and poop, but also meconium, vernix, drool, spit up, baby acne, cradle cap, breastfeeding (hello, your partner probably has cracked and bleeding nipples) or formula feeding. It’s a veritable minefield for any new parent to negotiate, but mothers somehow seem more prepared, when it comes time.
Little brothers, however, get indoctrinated into baby culture quickly when their big sisters start having kids of their own. Whether they want it or not.
And so, let’s raise a glass to the little brothers who get dragged, kicking and screaming, into unclehood. Because while those early baby days may be filled with gross moments he wants absolutely no part of, there will come a time when that young uncle is the apple of his niece or nephew’s eye. He will be the cool one, the one who is completely idolized by that kid. He is the one who exerts influence over that kid as they grow, in terms of musical taste, books introduced, classic movies shared.
And maybe, if that new baby is lucky one day, he’ll spend some time teaching them some of the life lessons he’s learned along the way. Because that’s what great uncles do.