Once upon a time…
In a never-ending quest to be legitimized as the “favorite uncle,” Paul Burke saw his niece Marie and his nephew Mark’s year abroad in France as an opportunity. What could be cooler than taking your niece and nephew on a spring break Eurotrip? Luckily for Paul, he had a cousin in Rome that generously offered a place to stay. Paul was on a roll. As most tourists do in Rome, Paul, Marie, and Mark walked for 6-10 hours per day as they took in the sights and contemplated whether the next meal would be pizza or pasta.
During the trip, Paul decided to treat Marie and Mark to a day of museum hopping–an adventure through art and culture accompanied by a great time and endless knowledge. Sounds great, right?
Unfortunately, the historic sights and living history weren’t enough to entertain Paul’s younger travel mates. Paul made numerous offers to pay for audio tours but the response was consistent. “GROSS, too many people have touched them,” and, “Those are boooorrrriiinnnggg.” As he watched his niece and nephew aimlessly wander each museum with their eyes glued to their smartphones, Paul felt an unfamiliar need to be responsible and set a good example. Promptly, he divagated from his original goal and turned into the “nagging uncle.”
And that’s when the light bulb turned on.