📻 #AtoZChallenge: F is for Frank, my uncle

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Quarantine can leave you feeling calm at times, restless and helpless at others.

I’m writing this post on a Sunday, for Tuesday.

F2020I’m hoping I have very good news to share by Tuesday. My Uncle Frank is fighting for his life. He’s in the ICU in Denver, and good days and bad days are taking turns. He seems to be fighting through COVID-19, and I’m finding myself willing any strength I have to him.

I’m still hoping for the best for a man who influenced my life in incredible ways.

Uncle Frank is my buddy and hero. I was an awkward kid who could find a rare place to belong, at his side. He shared my enthusiasm for dinosaurs and Star Wars back then, and it occurred to me until this very moment that he probably felt enthusiastic because I did.

He picked me up in the wee hours of February 28, 1975, when my mom went into labor.

I woke up in his car and we watched the sun rise as we drove to my grandma’s. I remember like it was yesterday pointing out a cloud that looked just like an alligator. He could see it too! He could always see what I saw.

The coolest uncle

Uncle Frank is the coolest.

He introduced me to the coolest music, from Boz Skaggs to the Alan Parsons Project. When I was a kid, he was as cool as the Pink Panther and drove the coolest car I’d ever seen. It was way more than that, though.

I knew in him my most tangible example of unconditional love then, and for a lifetime.

I’d love to send Uncle Frank my strength. I know he has tons of his own. He’s a kindred spirit. Recently, we’d begun texting, and I promised to call him to catch up soon. I hadn’t yet. That weighs on me heavily, but it’s nothing compared to my hope.

My hope that I’ll soon get that chance to catch up with Uncle Frank, remind him how much he means to me, and make lousy excuses about being so damned busy to have made that call yet.

Do you have someone you should call? Do it, today, would you? I let the old job get in the way and then I let the new job get in the way and there were so many days in my day pajamas I could have taken a breather and give my Uncle Frank a call.

He’s my purest supporter and no way could I ever be the man I am today without him – and I can’t wait to tell him that again.


A is for Ain’t Too Proud To Beg, Adam and Avril, and Amidala

B is for Bonnie Marie Williams, voiceover superhero, a #GirlsRock interview

C is for Conversations, Camdyn and cookies (#GratitudeAndShit) 

D is for Dorsey Standish, yoga teacher and mindfulness coach, for #GirlsRock

E is for End-of-your-career awards


Banks quote uncles


  1. Praying for your uncle to get well and get his strength back. Family, especially cool uncles are vital to have and to hold. Don’t beat yourself up with the shoulda, woulda, coulda—life has a way of happening that is sometimes difficult to fully get a handle on. Take care. Be well. Stay strong.

    1. Thank you! He is so pivotal in my life and we have lots of catching up to do, he and me. Life is pretty slippery with its handles and often there aren’t even any handles, just slippery surface after slippery surface.

      Wishing you the best through this all and beyond. So great to see you here, Pam – can’t wait to visit your page too.

  2. Eli, I send prayers for your beloved Uncle…and to you, my friend. May you both weather this storm from where you are, as you hold close, your memories and dreams.

  3. Oh Eli, sending prayers and loving and healing thoughts to your Uncle Frank. He sounds like a very special man. Hope he makes a full recovery. xx

  4. Holding your uncle and you Eli in my heart, and sending healing thoughts. He sounds like a wonderful man – we all should have uncles like that. There is no better time than now to tell everyone how much we love them and how much they mean to us. I’ve started a project I’m calling #MailstreamMojo and am committed to mailing out bit of love all over the world. Stay safe.

    1. Thank you, Deborah. He’s been a wonderful influence! I try to hug those stuck in my house for this as often as possible. I love the idea of #MailstreamMojo! This world needs compassionate thinkers like you.

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