“Where in the World Is Uncle John?”

I watched “Where in the World Is Carmen San Diego?” growing up.
But we also played “Where in the World Is Uncle John?”
You often warranted bragging rights to friends.
“My uncle is a lawyer and
he won the tobacco malpractice settlement…
…and now he travels the whole, entire world.”
Showered in fancy gifts and fine dining,
rides on your sailboat or tickets to a game.
I still use my high school graduation gift:
one of JanSport’s finest backpacks.
Now your ornate coffee table
stands beautifully in my new home.
We knew you loved us,
just had a funny way of showing it.

You always had the best stories
from the war in Viet Nam to the coasts of Australia.
We lived through your adventures.
Remember when you attended
the Olympics’ opening ceremonies?
We bragged about that, too.

If you were around, we’d laugh
because you were the last to arrive
and the first to leave any family celebration.
And now we wipe the tears from our eyes,
not from laughter but sadness,
because you’re the first the leave again.
We knew you loved us,
just had a funny way of showing it.

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One comment on ““Where in the World Is Uncle John?”
  1. […] April 7, my Uncle John passed away unexpectedly due to complications from his brain […]

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