gathering. I had two of my young nieces on my lap, and I was telling
them my version of the story of the three little pigs. For those who are
unfamiliar with my telling of the tale, it varies rather substantially
from the standard-issue version. You can access a recording of my
version of the story here.
Once I finished telling the story, one of my nieces turned to me. "Uncle
Bruce," she said, "I'm so glad you're my uncle."
We all look for affirmation, for validation, for praise of some kind in
life, whether we're willing to admit it or not. This affirmation means a
lot from anyone. But when I hear a sincere, innocent expression of love
from a child, that to me is an absolutely indescribable feeling of joy.