Everyone needs a title. At least, when we took a Growing Kids God’s Way class they taught us that the adults in your children’s lives should have a title. Don’t allow them to just call adults by their first name. This is not showing respect. Therefore, my cousin Jerry who we are blessed to get to spend time with about once or twice a year has a title with our children. I did not want them calling him “Mr. Jerry”-this seemed too impersonal. Mr. McBride-too formal. Uncle Jerry-too confusing (my little dude just asks too many questions and this would lead to confusion for him). Since Jerry is my cousin, we decided that our kiddos would call him “Cousin Jerry”. It works for us.
Cousin Jerry has a lake house that he so graciously allows us to use for one week out of the summer. He is my honey’s favorite cousin. They connect on many levels. Both are business owners, both are hard workers, both love the Lord, both love the lake, they are outdoorsmen and both love me (ha!). Last summer, Jerry took my honey and the little dude out on his fishing boat. This was the little dude’s first time to go fishing. He was super excited! And also a little unsure of that big fish!
The little dude started t-ball about a month ago. We were driving home from his first practice and he said, “Mommy, you know who my fishing coach is, don’t you?” I said, “No. Who?” He said, “Cousin Jerry, silly!” So, thank you, Cousin Jerry. Thank you for being a part of my life and the life of my son. Every boy needs good men in his life. You are a good man. Happy Birthday to you!