Thursday, February 26, 2009

Well...we have a new Palko.

That is right, Charlie John Joseph Taylor was born yesterday, February 25th, 2009 at 5:21pm, weighing in at 8lbs 13oz.

He is a charming, intelligent, thoughtful, chivalrous and considerate young lad. Or, at least I am pretty sure those traits can be seen in his little tiny eyes.

What can I say?! I'm a very proud uncle and am completely abusing this blog to swell with pride over my nephew. I have three incredible nieces (Hi Hannah, Emily and Keelan!)...but this is my first nephew, so it means that I can take a break from Dora the Explorer toys and buy him a Nerf Football.

And a little mini tux. Why does a little kid need a tux? I have no idea, but he's getting one because little guys in tuxes is funny.

So, in case any of you would like to see some pics of Charlie - here are a few hot off the press:

Now, does that not look like a future Notre Dame quarterback?!

Ok, pressure on the poor little guy, but I'm just sayin'.

So, here it is. In the spirit of countless other people who have ever done this for their own children/nieces/nephews/grandchildren/etc. I would like to take a second to offer you, Charlie, a few insights that hopefully one day will provide the slightest ray of clarity, when needed:

(in no particular order):

- Hold doors open for people
- Pray
- Keep your word
- Play sports
- Don't play so many video games
- Call your Mom...she's already worried about you
- Unless you're in one of your Uncles
- Don't get put in jail
- Be protective of your older sister because even though she won't show it all the time, she's always looking out for you
- No matter how much time you spend on Facebook, your cell phone, the internet, etc...learn how to speak with people. Technology makes people lonely - people make people feel accepted.
- Play an instrument
- Never hit your mother. Ever.
- Be good with yourself...the rest will follow
- Do what you love
- You are one piece of this planet and you can do ANYTHING. But, the world does not revolve around you, so you have to look out for others.
- Travel
- Be honest
- Go to Church
- Tell your Mom and Dad and Sister you love them. Because, they love you.

Welcome to the family, Charlie. It's great to have you.

Uncle Flow