Tuesday, July 5, 2011

A Tribute To My Aunts

Tuesday, July 5, 2011


Aunt Carol and Aunt Barb

The two young women in the photo are my mother’s two younger sisters, strong female influences in my life.  I am grateful to them both for their time and wisdom.  I wrote about my Aunt Barb in an earlier post, and here is a brief memory of my Aunt Carol. 

         My mother’s youngest sibling, my Aunt Carol, was like an older sibling to me, only 12 years older.  In my teen years she lived across the street from me, and became a confidant when my mother and I weren’t so close.  I could run across to her house to tell her of the latest problem with friends, the recent boy I thought was cute, or to ask her opinion of an outfit I wanted to wear to a party.  She was young herself, yet already busy raising three children, one boy and twin girls, but was ever ready to listen to my wonderings about high school life, the angst of a teenaged girl.  She interceded for me sometimes when my parents said no to activities, giving wise advice to me to calm down and take the argument one step at a time instead of retreating to my room with door slammed.  She and I were also buddy readers.  She was most influential in my reading habits outside school, and a special memory is reading and discussing Gone With The Wind together.  I helped her by babysitting my cousins sometimes and she helped me in those ways described above, most helpful to a teenager.  Everyone needs an Aunt Carol nearby for extra support.


8 comments:

  1. What a wonderful tribute. You are so lucky to have aunts that you were so close to.

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  2. Wow, what a blessing to have a wise confidant right across the street. It sounds like she is a good guiding force and great mentor.

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  3. You're so lucky to have had this type of relationship.
    SAS

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  4. Lucy for you and for Aunt Carol - you must have had a very strong bond.

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  5. You were so lucky to have someone near that you could talk to when times were tough and not so tough. Nice memory!

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  6. The part about her being your reading buddy evoked some memories of my own reading buddies from the past. I hadn't even thought of the influence those shared experiences had on me as a reader (and as a person). Thank you for the glimpse into your past that gave me one into my own!

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  7. This is such a great post, I love the tributes we can give our family members in our writing. You have done a nice one. You are right, everyone needs Aunt Carols.

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  8. I love this picture! I remember reading the post about your Aunt Barb, and it was fun to about your Aunt Carol this time. So many special memories! How lucky you were to have her right across the street.

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