On a recent birthday, and during the recent passing of my big Sister, I have begun to realize the tremendous honor and responsibility that comes along with the title of "Uncle". I used to take it for granted when it came from my nieces and nephews, but not anymore. I have begun to sense the respect that is expressed when they call me "Uncle Tony". It is an added honor when someone outside of my biological family calls me "Uncle". It is sign of respect for the role that I have played in their lives. From now on, I will wear "Uncle" as a true badge of honor!