To Little Knox
There can’t be very many people alive
that know your parents better than I do.
So here are a few things about them
has basically been a father to me for the last six months.
He pays the bills
He is generous
He is smart
He helps me with my car when I need help
He shows me how to use a tool when I don’t know how
(so basically every tool)
He teaches me how to cook
He helps me with my dog
He makes an extra meal for me
We talk about politics
We talk about philosophy
We talk about mental health
We talk about life
We talk about everything
His insight is always valuable to me,
He’s a passionate person
and passionate people can burn bright.
Your dad burns bright
He burns hot
He can light up a room
He can build a house with his own hands
and demolish it with those same hands.
He doesn’t know it yet
but he is already a great dad.
He will teach you so many things
I’m stoked to see how he raises you
and what type of kid you turn out to be
for your mom,
I am uniquely qualified to tell you several things about her,
and maybe one day,
when your older,
you’ll appreciate an ‘outside’ perspective on your parents.
I’ve been roommates with your mom for almost three years now
There isn’t a human alive that I’ve spoken to more in that time, than her.
I am sorry to report
that she is just like me,
in a lot of ways
We have a similar vibe
A similar energy
She is my sister
She will make a great mother to you,
I know this.
She will love you furiously
She will protect you
No one will be allowed to talk shit about you
(even if you suck, which I doubt you will,
but, you never know, you know?)
She will always stick up for you
(probably when you’re in the wrong sometimes)
She will teach you how to treat women
and I'd probably listen to her on that one.
When you get to be a teenager,
just be honest with her,
she can be pretty chill .
You’ll probably think she is a dork
and that's fair.
I can tell she is currently growing
she’s getting ready for you-
they both are.
They will love you
and give you a great home.
I might be living here still,
when you move in.
We might be roommates soon.
I’m still trying to figure it out,
whether I want to live with you or not.
You can’t blame me!
You’ll be a baby at first!
And I am an almost respectable bachelor by the standards of a few!
You know what I mean, Knox?
Are you going to cry all night??
I like my sleep, you know??
How am I supposed to write a poem with you crying in the next room?
I am going to blame you if my career never takes off!
The resentful uncle!
That’s what I’ll become!
It’s a cliche..
I hate cliches.
Change of plans!
The grateful uncle!
Truly though Knox,
your parents have treated me incredibly well in my entire time knowing them.
I am grateful for any second they chose to have me in your life for.
You’re a special kid,
because you have a very
and pretty great parents too.