Reuniting With The Man Who Should Have Been My Favorite Uncle

This is my Uncle Butch. He’s a brilliant photographer who in his heyday logged more miles on his bicycle than most folks can fathom. He should have been one of my closest relatives but family drama and hurt feelings ruined any chance of that. It was so bad that the last time I saw him we nearly came to blows. That was twenty years ago.




Writer (duh) and photographer. Bylines @levelmag @complex @ebony @huffpo

Love podcasts or audiobooks? Learn on the go with our new app.

Recommended from Medium

Growing Up With a Hoarder


One of those places you hear about

I certainly had zero intention to out Santa as fake to my dear 7 year old daughter this Christmas…

What does my family really know about me, now?


Woman Waits Years for Someone Else in the House to Care Enough to Clean the Refrigerator

Acceptance — (My Mom’s Alzheimer’s)

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store
Shane Paul Neil

Shane Paul Neil

Writer (duh) and photographer. Bylines @levelmag @complex @ebony @huffpo

More from Medium

How to Get Away With Racism & Exclusion in Pilates

Why it’s so hard for black women to gain self-confidence?

Mother’s Day 2022

Marie Corelli: The First Best-seller

An illustration of Marie Corelli in her gondola