A Letter to my Newborn Niece

Sloane,

On the day you were born, I went swimming in the Arabian Sea. As I floated in the waves, I thought of you and where you were on your journey into this world. Later that night, thousands of stars twinkled in the sky. It had been a clear and beautiful day.

That was the night I received the message that you had been born. You and your mother, my sister, were healthy. I breathed a sigh of relief and thanked those twinkling stars.

My newborn niece, Sloane

My newborn niece, Sloane

I’m sad that I cannot be there to meet you, to see you as you are now, 6 pounds and 6 ounces, and only a few days old. But one day when you are older, I will tell you the story of where I was when you were born. I hope you will ask me “Where is India?” and I can tell you about the world.

And although I will not be a daily presence in your life, I hope that my role can be to show to you all of the possibilities in the world. So that when you grow up and decide to do something daring, you can look at me and know it is possible. (Plus, I will help you do it, because that’s what uncles are for).

Welcome to the world, Sloane.

Love,

Your uncle Brian

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  1. This was so beautiful Brian. Sloane is very lucky to have an uncle like you, and I am sure that the example you and Kim set for her will help her craft the life of her choosing, free from fear and the misconception of conformity. Congratulations to you on the birth of your new niece, and to all your family on such a beautiful new addition 🙂

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    • Thanks, Hannah. We’ll do our best to be the best kind of bad influences on her and all of our other nieces and nephews – and by bad influence I mean take them all kinds of places to experience on their own.

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  2. OMG, is she adorable or what? Our beautiful niece!

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  3. So beautiful – the letter and your niece.

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  4. An exquisitely beautiful letter, B! Your words brought tears to my eyes as I read it. Sloane, Harper, Michael, Matty and Max are all very lucky to have such a “cool” (as Michael refers to you both) aunt & uncle. Love you bunches!

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    • Thanks, mom. Like I said to Hannah, we are going to do our best to be the ‘bad’ influences on them by showing them new places. What else are uncles and aunts for? Love you.

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  5. Brian, I love this! So sweet. I will print this letter and put it in Sloane’s baby book. I look forward to the day I can read it to her and her curiosity is awakened and she wants to learn all about your adventures, what you learned about yourself, the world, and life. Both my daughters will definitely learn a lot from you. Thank you for such a beautiful letter and being such a great person! Love, Lauren

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    • Thanks, Lauren. Sloane is a beautiful little girl. I look forward to the day when I can read the letter to her and I can tell her sister about everything Kim and I have seen and experienced. Love you.

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  6. I love this Brian! I bet all five(!) of your nieces and nephews will love to hear cool Uncle Brian’s stories from around the world

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    • I can’t wait to tell them about monkeys, sharks, giant turtles, camels, elephants, caymans, llamas, etc. A veritable Noah’s Ark of stories, if you will…without all the rain and wiping out humanity.

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  7. You know Brian, you don’t know me, but you made me cry today. I live on the other side of the world from my family and am about to move home, after 20 + years of missing out of moments like this. You’ve expressed the thoughts I’ve had may times over and I’m looking forward to sharing these moments again with my family. Welcome to the world of blogging. You are off to a FANTASTIC start!

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    • Thanks you for the kind words, Tara. Being separated from family during these kinds of moments are definitely the hardest parts of traveling. Good luck on your move back and reuniting with your family!

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  8. Cute! We had our daughter when we were living in another country, away from out families. It can be hard to justify choosing to be away from your family at times like this.

    I think you did a pretty good job in your letter of giving your reasons.

    Good luck!
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    • Thanks, Joe. Sometimes Kim and I struggle with our ‘reasons’ for traveling, but at the end of the day, we think we made the right decision. I guess we wouldn’t be human if we didn’t question our decision at times, right?

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