I know it won't be very long at all before photos like the one above-- of my little boy being a little boy-- will only be found in scrapbooks. I also know that there's nothing like a rough and tumble uncle to make your crazy little boy feel secure enough to hold hands.
And it takes massive amounts of sunblock to play in the water with them when the rest of us lazy parents have slithered off like lizards for the shade.
This photo to the left was taken by Uncle Danny-- I'd given Charlie strict orders to smile nicely but you can see the weight my words hold when his favorite uncle is trying to make him crack.
There's something more than magical about a man who will love your kids like they are his own.
And there's nothing better (including classy family portraits) than an uncle who makes a little boy feel like one of the guys.