Tuesday, March 24, 2009

aunt joan

Was greeted yesterday morning with an email stating my eldest aunt had passed away due to complications from a stroke. She is my second aunt to pass in the past year or so (they were in-laws to each other, not blood related) and so of course it is a hard blow for this side of the family. She was a new Grandma with another new grandbaby on the way; she had lots to live for and will be missed. A third aunt is going through triple, possibly quadruple bi-pass surgery as well! Much stress for that side of the family right now, so prayers are appreciated.

I remember staying at her house occasionally on our visits, selling lemonade at lemonade stands with my cousin, playing dolls, and hanging out with the rest of the aunts and my grandma at yard sales and square dances. As I spoke to my mom about the situation, offering condolences, I had the distinct impression that I should call my own siblings and touch bases with them.

I have two younger brothers, one married who lives relatively close by, and one single who lives back east whom I rarely see. I called yesterday to say hi and tell them I was thinking of them and of course that I loved them. Brother #1's response was sweet and in turn loving. Brother #2's response was "you're a retard." And I felt like we were 15, 12, and 10 again. ;)

Ahh, siblings.

I hope that my mom and her remaining brothers and sisters will be able to remember the happy times and cherish the good memories of their dear sister.


Roger S. said...

May the road rise to meet you,
May the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
The rains fall soft upon your fields.
And until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of his hand.

...ok, I know its an Irish blessing..but sue me, I'm Irish.

My condolences to the family.

Small Town Girl said...

It is funny that you mentioned this in your post today. While speaking to my mom last night, I encourage her all the time to call her brother and sister to touch base with them, and she knows that she doesn't do it as much as she should. And I only do this because I am an only child. I am tremendously jealous of the sibling relationship as I can't even imagine what it is like. My husband has a sister, but she is 18 years older than he is, so he is like an only child as well. I try to surround myself with a couple of close friends, that I consider my "sisters" but I don't think its the same.

I am sorry to hear about your aunt and my condolences to your family.

Dahlene said...

Aawww! Amie I'm so sorry for your loss. It is so hard to lose those we love. I hope your other siblings will show concern for you. I'm sure brother #2 just has a hard time expressing his real feelings and doesn't want to seem vulnerable. Some guys are just like that. I'm sure he loves and cares about you.

I hope you have a good week despite the hardships you are going through.

jinxi~ aka angi said...

I will definitely say prayers and am sending you big virtual hugs. Sounds like you have some fond memories.. and I think with those memories they help heal the broken hearts.

and ps: Im that way with my brothers too! ;)

LIZZEE said...

It's great the memories Prayer and thoughts with them as with you.
Siblings ha..it's pretty funny sometimes ah to beyoung again..
xxxooo hugs

Delfina said...

Amie I'm so sorry for your loss.

Carrie said...

Oh geez! I'm so sorry!

Love #2's response. He sounds like he's related to me...

Christy said...

Oh no! I'm so sorry for your loss.

Anonymous said...

That is sooooooo Chris though, isn't it? I love that kid! That part of your entry gave me a good laugh!


Lorie said...

I am so sorry to hear about your autn! :(