They warn you about this day in Uncle School. They tell you there's no way to avoid it, but not to fear it. Just be prepared, they say. It comes to all uncles, sooner or later.
Yet you believe in your secret heart that your niece–who is exceptional in so many other respects–will be different.
But human nature will out.
The day does come. And though you swore you would not suffer it gladly, after the briefest hesitation you straighten your back, pull out your sketch book, marshall your knitting needles, and start swatching with the excruciatingly pink 220 Sport that has suddenly, as though by magic, arrived in the mail from Cascade.
How did they know? Because everyone knows. Even you knew, though you tried to deny it.
Oh, well. Amor vincit omnia.
More to come.