|Me with my only nephew, Isaac W. Tipton ("Ikey") III - 1980|
(I still have that shirt - reminder Ron - get rid of it, the expiration date has expired)
One title I'll never have in my lifetime is "father." Nope, no one will ever call me "Daddy." Oh sure, I've been called "Mother ____ (fill in the rest of the blanks) but never, NEVER a father.
|Dawn, Ikey me and Karen - 1976 - always an uncle, never a dad|
So how do I feel about it? Mixed feelings actually. Sure, I've often thought of how it would be cool to have a son or a daughter. But to be quite frank about it folks, I don't think I have the personality to be a dad. My personality is be "Uncle Ronnie."
|My four nieces and one nephew - Christmas 1970|
I have two younger brothers. My brother Isaac has three children, two girls and a boy. My brother John also had three children, two girls and a boy but unfortunately his son died at birth. So I have four nieces and one nephew.
|My brother Isaac and his brood - Christmas 1975|
Those nieces and nephew had the following:
Dawn: two children - boy and a girl
Karen: one child - girl
Vickey: seven children - three girls and four boys (she hit the jackpot)
Nancy: no children
Ikey: two children - two girls
Thus I have seven grand nieces and four grand nephews. And I suspect it won't be too long until one or two great grand nephews and great grand nieces will put in an appearance.
|Brother John and his brood - Christmas 1970|
|Vickey's kids - 2012|
|Ashleigh with John Mark|
|Megan with Nicholas Ryan|
And that's something else I never had . . . a sister. Neither a big sister or a little sister. I was assigned the role of Big Brother when I landed on this planet back in 1941.
My Mom with her three boys (Mom is one the right in the back, my Aunt Mabel is on the left) I am on the right with my arms folded, John in the middle and Isaac on the right - we were dressed in the latest fashion of 1951 when this picture was taken.
|My grand niece Gabrielle and her mom, my niece Karen|
Now I can say that the photo below is of "Uncle Bill" for real since Bill and I got married in 2013.
|Ikey, Uncle Bill and Karen - 1976|
|Niece Dawn with her daughter Kandace, my grand niece|
|The Ike Tipton, Jr. and Ike Tipton III extended family - 2009|
|My brother Ike, his son Ike and his grandchildren Cassie and Lindsay - the beat goes on|