I asked Uncle Walt, “Do you just really like Jimmy Buffet or is that a parrot on your head?”
The parrot kept repeating, “Polly want a selfie!”
My Traveling Uncle
Last year, in November, I called my Uncle Walt to tell him, “Happy Birthday!”. He turned 82 years old and he’s still going strong.
He’s my traveling uncle. He’s always had wanderlust. He’s been to over 70 countries during his lifetime. He was in the Navy for a few years and he said he loved being at sea.
After that he worked for the government, as a “silly-vilian”. Well, that’s what I called him. I was in the military at the time. (And he is kinda silly sometimes 😁) . But he is very funny most of the time and has many interesting experiences to share.
He’d look for job openings which required travel. He wasn’t too finicky about what job he did, as long as he could travel.
He’s an avid reader. He’s knowledgeable about geography and history and he keeps current with the news and political scene.
He still travels and he still drives a car. He helps his 92-year old sister (My Aunt Helen) go get groceries.
He knows about a million songs and their lyrics and he sings all the time.
He has countless stories to tell about the travels and experiences he’s had during his lifetime. And he rarely tells the same story twice.
He speaks some Spanish. He spends quite a bit of time in Panama.
Even though single and fancy free to roam the world, he’s always cared about the family. He’s always stayed in touch with everyone, including all his nieces and nephews. He never married but said he almost did once, to a German girl, named Heidi (But that’s another story!).
Our paths (his and mine) have crossed often, throughout the years, in many different places, and we’ve shared a lot of good experiences together. And he’s been a good influence in my life in many ways.
So while I was on the phone talking with him, we talked about traveling and I casually mentioned to him that I’d like to go to the Caribbean for my next trip. I didn’t have a plan to go anytime soon, but thought I’d like to see that area of the world next.
So about a month later, early in January, Uncle Walt called me and said he had found a good deal on a 10-day cruise to the Western side of the Caribbean and asked if that’s something I’d like to do.Continue Reading…