Meeting “Uncle Buddy”
Last time we visited South Africa, my youngest brother was in the States. In fact, both my brothers were in the States. We went to the States a year later and got to see Richard, but at that stage, David was back in Cape Town. It was like a game of leap-frog trying to see my baby brother! Finally, 3.5 years after our last reunion… we got to see each other again!
David was the last one to meet Eli, so I was particular excited for this part of the visit.
Of course, as usual, little man was sleeping when we arrived at David’s apartment in Stellenbosch. I ran out to greet him – see above video – but once in the car, David was greeted by sweet sleeping boy and his “lambie”. Eli’s head kept bobbing forward, so David held his chin up while we drove. Awww, love!
We ended up going out for the evening after we picked David up. Eli had enjoyed himself so much at Camden’s 3rd Birthday Party, that he slept through most of the braai we were at with friends that evening. It was only the following morning that David and Elijah got to bond properly. It really made my heart so happy to see these two together. David has always been “my baby”, and many little things about Eli remind me of David. His soft affection, his playfulness, his hands, and some of his mannerisms.
I am so happy that Eli has now met both of his uncles on the Morris side.
My next goal is to meet my niece, and I CANNOT wait!
In His Shoes
Eli looked pretty impressed with himself when he slipped into Uncle Buddy’s boots. FYI – “Uncle Buddy” was not a pre-planned name for my brother. David started addressed Eli as “buddy”, and we were referring to David as “Uncle”. Eli put the two together and decided that David would be “Uncle Buddy”. I just LOVE the names that kids chose for adults. My dad is “Oupie Moot” (because he can’t say Moose), Grandma in Texas is “Mimi” (because of a book she gave him) and my god-daughter is “Too-wa” (Tayla). So freaking cute!
Very happy moments, and wonderful memories. I can’t wait to make more of these.
Come on “Uncle Buddy”! Come and visit your nephew ?