Tuesday, June 23, 2009


Nephews exist to inform us of uncomfortable facts.

Their powers of computation may not rival ours, and their ability to grasp details of complex processes may be sub-par compared to the average adult, but their innate ability to shed light on our discomfort in innocent ways is unrivaled.

The other day I was playing a game of chess with my nephew Justin. After a few minutes, he was visibly bored with the game, and looked up at me to pose a question.

"How old are you?"

This wasn't the worst of questions to ask, so I replied (truthfully), "27". He then followed it with this ringer:

"When do you get married?"

Obviously not soon enough. He could tell I was distressed with this question, so he went on to console me by saying, "Maybe when you're 34?"

It's a sad day when your nephew is asking you when you're finally going to settle down and get a wife. Your mom, your dad, your siblings, your neighbors, your friends, your roommates, yes, yes yes, but your nephew? A sad day indeed.

That being said, I'm not really bemoaning the lack of being married, I'll be quick to state. I'll get married when I'm good and ready, thank you very much.


Katie said...

So you're saying I'm lucky I'm an only child?

Yup, that's what I thought.

Nettie said...

That is the most awkward pic of Justin. Also, my nephew Andrew asked me last week why I wasn't married. When I told him "just because", he told me that I couldn't marry my cousin. Be grateful we've at least taught him that.

Unknown said...

I'm glad my nephews are all still to young to realize I'm not married. Although I imagine my nieces will start asking in the next year or so...