Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Wednesday's Word: Aunt

 

My go-to word (for aunt): Blessing

 

Apologies for being off the grid last week. We got a call that my ninety-three year old aunt had been moved to hospice, so we made a lightning trip to Southern Illinois. I'd like to think she knew we were there. She clasped my hand when I held hers the evening we got there and passed the next day. Even though it was a blessing, death is never easy, for the recipient or the loved ones left behind. She had a rare form of MS but carried it with dignity and grace. You never heard her complain. Her body might have been wasting away, but until she got sick, her mind was much sharper than mine. My uncle passed several years ago and I'm sure has been impatiently waiting for her as she was for him. Married for over sixty years and having no children they were closer than many married couples. They traveled extensively as long as her health allowed. They took care of each other. She'd butter and cut his toast and fix his orange juice and coffee every morning and he tricked out the van making it handicapped accessible, built handicapped ramps and didn't blink when she bought an exorbitantly-priced face cream:) Little things but they watched out for the other. There's not a doubt in my mind that wherever they are, they're in the midst of a huge family reunion, reminiscing, telling off-color jokes, hugging, kissing and throwing out a lot of I love yous and I missed you.
RIP, Norma. Or better yet, kick up your heels and have a good time.
 

Norma Jean Horntrop

August 29, 1928 - October 16, 2021 


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40 comments:

Janie Junebug said...

This is a fine tribute to your aunt and uncle. My condolences on your loss.

Love,
Janie

Elephant's Child said...

That is a truly lovely tribute.
And a very happy (albeit belated) birthday to Janet.

Andrew said...

That's a nice tribute to Norma, who sounds quite interesting as well travelled people so often are.

Valerie-Jael said...

A lovely tribute to your beautiful aunt, so glad you were able to visit her again. May she rest in peace together with her husband, and may her memory be a blessing! Hugs, Valerie

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Sandra - a wonderful telling your aunt's life story - and I bet she's having a fun time now they're together again.
Happy Birthday Janet ... enjoy the year ahead.
Welcome home Sandra - take care and cheers - Hilary

Hot guys said...

Very nice, Sandra. RIP

Annalisa Crawford said...

I'm so sorry for your loss, but how lovely you were there with her x

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I'm so sorry - prayers for your family. I'm glad you got to see her one last time. She sounds like quite the lady and I'm sure your uncle is happy to see her again.

CJ Kennedy said...

A lovely tribute to your aunt. May her memory be a blessing.

Elizabeth Varadan, Author said...

My sympathies for your loss. She sounds like such a wonderful aunt. I'm glad you were able to be there and hold her hand toward the last.

Elizabeth Seckman said...

That's true romance. You tell their story well. I agree with you. I think the first day in heaven is a day to be reunited with our loved ones.

Sandra Cox said...

Thanks, Janie. Appreciate it.

Sandra Cox said...

Thank you, EC:) Appreciate ya.

Sandra Cox said...

Thanks, Andrew:) She was well-traveled and quite the lady:)

Sandra Cox said...

Thanks, Val. Appreciate the kind words.

Jeanie said...

Oh Sandra, I'm so sorry. She sound like quite a woman and they sound like quite a pair. I'm glad you were able to make the visit and feel that squeeze of the hand. That's a lovely thing to carry with you, along with the beautiful memories of the past.

cleemckenzie said...

This was a lovely tribute to your aunt. She looks like the kind of person you'd love to be with.

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

Although this is a very sad passing, you gave your aunt a fabulous tribute. She must have been very important to you and it tells from how you raved about her and your uncle. I'm sure they are happily joined in love again. She was a beautiful lady, and I'm sure from the inside, too.

Sandra Cox said...

Thanks,Hils. Appreciate the well wishes.
Cheers,

Sandra Cox said...

Thank you, HG. Appreciate it:)

Sandra Cox said...

Thank you, Annalisa. Yes, I'm thankful we were with her before she passed.

da tabbies o trout towne said...

Sandra; so sorry for your loss; my condolences to you and your family. thanx for sharing about your aunt Norma's life; she was a very pretty lady. I know she was happy you with with her; I know she is happy now, reunited with your uncle in heaven ~~~~ hugs and loves ~~~~ Laura ♥♥♥

Birgit said...

Oh I am sorry about your Aunt. It is hard, no matter what, when you lose a loved one. I am certain she is with her husband And all her loved ones.

Adam said...

I'm sorry for your loss.

Christine said...

May your aunt rest in peace, great tribute. Happy birthday to Janet.

Sandra Cox said...

Thank you, Alex. She was quite special.

Sandra Cox said...

Thank you, CJ:) I appreciate your kind thoughts.

Sandra Cox said...

Thanks, Elizabeth. She was wonderful and I too am glad I was able to hold her hand toward the end.

Sandra Cox said...

A day of great joy:)
Thanks, Elizabeth:)

Sandra Cox said...

Thank you, Jeanie. She was and they were:)
Yes. It definitely was a good thing to add to the memories:)

Sandra Cox said...

Thank you, Lee. She most definitely was.

D.L. Finn said...

Beautiful tribute to your aunt! Although I'm sorry for your loss, I happy she is dancng in the stars with your uncle. Sending a ton of hugs xo

Sandra Cox said...

Thank you, Elizabeth. She was beautiful inside and out.

Sandra Cox said...

I believe she's right where she wants to be and happy.
Thanks, Laura:)

Sandra Cox said...

What a lovely thought. Thanks, Denise:)
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Sandra Cox said...

Thanks, Birgit. Yes, I think she is too:)

Sandra Cox said...

Thank you, Adam. I appreciate your condolences.

Sandra Cox said...

Thank you, Christine. I appreciate your well wishes.

J.P. Alexander said...

Lo siento mucho, por tu tía espero que este en paz y con tu tío. Te mando un beso

Sandra Cox said...

Thanks, so much, J.P.
Hugs