Uncle Parker and I were always close.
- As a young boy, he took the position of my dad and helped me learn a lot.
Uncle Parker is my mom’s older brother, and I consider him more like a dad than an uncle. He is the one who encouraged me to pursue my passion for robotics and even took me to competitions when mom had to work. I must admit my fondest memories were the two of us working in our garage on a robot over the summer. He wasn’t keen on all the new technology. In fact, he kept joking that I was going to be why the robots rise against human beings. But, he was always willing to take me to competitions, and I won many of them. While in high school, in my senior year, I went for an international competition with a top award. The award was a full scholarship and internship at the best university globally, and I won it. I left home to attend the university and even did a master’s in the same school. The moment I got back home, I went home to see mom then uncle Parker. I’d brought him a smart thermostat which I knew would help him a lot at home. Uncle Parker liked practical gifts and was so happy to hear what the smart thermostat did. We installed it together and connected it to his air conditioner. Then I downloaded its app on his smartphone and taught Uncle Parker how to adjust its settings.