Uncle Jesse

Posted by DJ

Uncle Jesse.  He may or may not know this, but I look up to him…alot. I honestly think he is one of the coolest uncle’s I will ever have.  He is always in the loop. 

A new song comes out, he knows it.   And he shares this knowledge with me.   I occasionally pass it on to a friend or two and within a moth, it is the most played song on the radio.   I have no idea where he gets this information, probably one of his many buddies.

It’s always my buddy Chip or Justin or Bomani.  What do you have to do to be Jesse’s “buddy”?  I don’t know.  But I do know he has over 1,000 facebook friends.  That is a lot of people.

He knows everyone.  Also, I look up to his musicality.  I used to take piano, but Jesse says he never really had official lessons, but he can hear a song once and play it almost perfectly.  He sits down at the piano (except Tuesdays, that’s basketball night) for about 20 minutes every day.  Half the time I have no idea what the song is, but I still seem to really enjoy his loud semi-annoying singing which I can hear very clearly from my room.  He gets one song in his head for like a week and then only plays that one song, so by the end of the week I also know a new song.

Jesse also has a lot of flaws, but I will save those for another post as I don’t want to ruin this one.

 He is a big part if my life.  Home, church, and as of recently school.  He has been subbing a lot in different classes and he is also the track coach. We argue, and mess with each other, but I know, and I hope he knows, that I love him and always will.

50% of the time he seems like a little brother.  The other half he is like a second dad.  We go places as a family, me, dad, Steph, Michelle and Jesse and often we get stares from passersby.  We don’t look like a normal family.  One old guy, one middle aged guy, a teenager, two kids and no mom.  A little confusing, but we are a family no matter how weird we are.  He has been a huge help through these hard times and I couldn’t have done it with out him.  Thanks Uncle Jesse.

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23 Comments

  1. Elizabeth

     /  May 4, 2011

    Uncle Jesse is about the coolest guy there is….but Uncle Jesse, you were just called middle aged…just saying…

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  2. Steve Gill

     /  May 4, 2011

    Alot of people think you need to listen to an official leader of the church to get ministered to. Sometimes you just need to listen to someone who is speaking in loving way about someone. I was just ministered to. Thanks DJ. You barely know me, but you taught me something today.

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  3. Charlotte Gregory

     /  May 4, 2011

    Nice post DJ. There are lots of ways to be a family these days and yours is pretty awesome. Danny and Jesse, just remember that ‘old’ and ‘middle aged’ are very relative terms to teenagers!

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    • Relative indeed. Lisa always felt like she was 15 years older than I was and DJ seems about 5 years younger than I am.

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  4. Dave K

     /  May 4, 2011

    “One old guy, one middle aged guy, a teenager, two kids and no mom.” If Danny is old, then what am I? Ancient? Uncle Jesse is OK, that’s for sure.

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  5. Beth Gentile

     /  May 4, 2011

    DJ,
    Your Mom alwaus had a super, super soft spot for her little bother. It is touching to read that you have the same soft spot!
    love,
    beth gentile

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    • I’m sure you’ll also be happy to know DJ can also find me just as obnoxious as her mother did, you know, when I’m being obnoxious.

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  6. Melinda Burrows

     /  May 4, 2011

    “One old guy and one middle aged guy.” The “old guy’s” contemporaries are cringing.

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  7. Nice post! But I’m not sure you should let your “old guy” dad read it. What brownie points you won with Jesse may be outweighed by those you lost with your “old man.”

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  8. Kim Whitley

     /  May 4, 2011

    He has come a long way from the little boy in The Music Man at Broughton…never forget him singing “Gary, Indiana”. You all are very lucky to have him!

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  9. Kathryn

     /  May 4, 2011

    This is the only blog I read, and I look forward to every post, but this is the best one yet – what do they say at camp – it warms the cockles of my heart! I too am a big fan of Uncle Jesse. I’ve known he was super special ever since he called me “Thither Thither” back in ’86 – what a guy!

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  10. Nicely done DJ! Us old and middle-aged, know where you are coming from and what is ahead of you. You got two good men there around you. Not many your age can or will say what you just did. You are alright in my book!

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  11. Lynn Moss

     /  May 4, 2011

    Bailey, you are AWESOME to take this time to write this post. You are right – your uncle is one of the coolest people I know, as is your Dad. It looks like you have a future in writing as well – good job!

    Lynn

    PS – can’t wait for the summer to start!

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  12. Leslie Davis

     /  May 4, 2011

    That is such a nice thing to write and I know he will appreciate you going out on a limb and writing this. Of course, I am not sure if he will like being called “middle-aged”!!

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  13. Caroline Ervin

     /  May 4, 2011

    Lovely, DJ! Your uncle is one of the coolest cats I know.

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  14. Aunt Susan

     /  May 4, 2011

    Well girl if you think your dad is old guy and Jesse is middle aged I guess I am way beyong ancient! That’s okay, I think my students believe me when I say I rode dinosaurs to school when I was little.
    What an awesome post. Your Mom and Jesse were special sibs, and now you have that same special relatonship, cherish it forever.
    P.S. you’ve got talent as a writer, I am impressed and proud.
    P.P.S. please stop getting so tall, mature and grown, it really makes me feel old.!

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  15. Annie Mason

     /  May 4, 2011

    Your uncle Jesse is the coolest. He was my best friend from about age 3 on. I can recall my mom trying to get me to call a girl for a playdate and I would throw a fit saying “It’s JESSE OR NOBODY!!!” It is really hard to find someone more fun than Uncle Jesse.

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  16. Wayne

     /  May 4, 2011

    He is a pretty cool guy. If he were available, I’d adopt him to go along with the old guy and his even older brother! All of this puts me in the Ice Age category with Susan. But at least I can use a computer even if DJ has fix my phone every time she sees me.

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  17. Mae

     /  May 5, 2011

    Good job, DJ! We love Jessie! But then he knows that.

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  18. Kim Grant

     /  May 27, 2011

    DJ- what a lovely tribute to Uncle Jesse. He will remember this one for a long time. You are a good writer- you should post more! I am still trying to get over the fact that I used to put that middle aged man to bed when he was MIchelle’s age.

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