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to my nephew on his 1st birthday

Hello, friend…

If you’ll permit me, let me share a birthday greeting to my 1 yr. old nephew, Cohen.


Dear Cohen,

It’s been a whole year since you came into the world. I hope you like it here, because it’s certainly a cooler and better place with you in it. I was absolutely speechless when I first saw you, I think my heart grew ten sizes… you were the most precious little person I’d ever seen. You probably won’t remember my telling you that I was glad you were here & that I’d try to make the world a great place for you to grow up in, but I did whisper that to you. And I still stand by that. The world is kind of a nutty place right now, but it’s a pretty cool place and there’s SO many adventures you’re yet to go on…  I think everything will be just fine. After all, you’re here! You have the potential to go anywhere and be anyone.


There is a Winnie the Pooh poem that I love (well, I love a number of them as you’ll come to know)… but the line ‘When I Was One, I Had Just Begun’ rings especially true today. You are ONE! What a cool thing. Soon you will be two… soon I will be 40, but this isn’t about me so let’s not remind ourselves of that… A 1st birthday is pretty darn awesome, if you ask me.


As long as I am able, I’ll write you a birthday letter every year. Because when I’m WAY old, and you’re coming to meet me on my space pod for our weekly lunch (because I’m convinced I’ll be in a space pod one day- I don’t know why really) we can read through these and laugh.

I am so excited to hear you talk and watch you figure out all the things. I think we will get along very well. We already do! You like books, I am a writer… You love food, I love food… yes, Cohen… I think this is the start of a beautiful friendship. Happy 1st birthday, little Zemnickis.




Love you lots, Your Auntie Kelly.


to my nephew (who has yet to come into this world)…

Hello, you.

I know it will be a while before words make sense, and that we will all be making noises and giggles as means of communication for the next little bit … but that is okay by me. I am much older than you, and there are many adults who really can’t do much more than that when I engage them in conversation. So don’t worry, you’re in good company.

But I am writing you this letter anyway, and will read it to you anyway, and pretend that you can understand what I am saying. Again, as an adult… I have lots of experiences with this at places called “bars” (which no, are not the bars we will swing on at the park, but you have many years until you figure that out).

To be honest, I kind of feel like I am waiting at an airport right now. You don’t know what an airport is, but when you’re being fed food someone might make “zooooom” noises at some point to get food in your mouth and well… they’re trying to be airplanes. When you get older, I would personally recommend avoiding airplane food, but maybe in a few years that aspect of life will have improved. Anyway.  I know you are set to arrive soon, and when you do, I hope I will be dressed appropriately and say the right things. There will be crying. Someone might faint (likely me- I’m the “sensitive one” of your Zemnickis side). You don’t have any luggage so thankfully we won’t have to wait for that to show up, because that can take a while, as you’ll figure out as you get older.

I am excited to meet you, learn your name and your habits and see if you too can belch on cue. (I think it’s a “talent”, most of everyone we’re related to does not.) I will likely say words in your presence that I shouldn’t.  I apologize for that now. But you have two really, really great people who are your mom and dad… and they will likely forgive me for telling you about dates I have had recently, thinking you don’t really know what I’m talking about but are being patient enough to listen and I appreciate it.

Life is pretty cool, though. There are lots of things to see and touch and feel and taste.

There are mean people, but most I’ve met are kind. I’d like to think there are more kind people than mean one, at least that’s my hope.

I think you will be brave, adventurous and funny.

Guaranteed you will be equally as confused and stunned as your mom and dad are, so cut them some slack. (I know you don’t know what this means, so I apologize for the reference.) Basically, they’ve never done this before, you’ve just arrived and somewhere your Grandpa Zemnickis will be asking if anyone needs a drink. I think your mom should get the first one, as she hasn’t had booze in a while and she REALLY deserves WHATEVER she wants right now.

So. That’s pretty much how things are going to go for a while. And lots of people will stare and try to tickle you, you will be the center of attention and deservedly so! So lap it up!!

But this will be fun… and scary… and awesome.  You’re going to do just fine here. Absolutely everyone is excited to meet you, and if someone thought ahead, there should be a cake arriving at about the same time too. You’ll get one on the same day every year. It’s pretty remarkable.