I mentioned last June that I was going to be a grand uncle. About five months ago, my niece gave birth to a bouncing baby boy. Last month she ran off to Nevada with the father, whom I’ve never met. A few days ago they got married. He is joining the Marines, and my niece is thinking about enlisting as well.
My sister is not happy with her daughter’s choices. She didn’t like her moving away, and she called her marriage the “worst mistake of her life.” The irony there is that my sister also had a child and got married at a very young age.
I hate to think of them putting their lives on the line in this misbegotten war. I wish them well, of course. The truth is that I hardly know my niece. I guess their child and our child will be first cousins once removed. But it seems probable that they will be almost complete strangers.