Of all the birthday cards I received this year, one is my favorite. My husband and sister-in-laws gave me thoughtful cards. Friends greeted me on Facebook. Yet this is the first year without a card from a parent, and my in-laws are not in good health. The belated birthday card from my 93-year-old aunt is precious. Included is a beautifully handwritten note, describing the birth of her latest great-grandchild and other family news.
My aunt’s oldest daughter and I have always shared a birthday week. I understand that this year Aunt made her daughter a three-layer birthday cake. This amazing woman is the contributor of many memories. She is the last survivor of her parents, sisters, brother, and spouse. When I return for visits, I always learn some story or name from family history. We look at photos, laugh, cry and remember.
When I was born, I doubt that my aunt ever realized how important she would be in my life. My aunt’s family always lived just a mile or so from me when I was growing up. We attended the same churches, shared holidays, shopping, and summer swims. In many ways, my aunt has been a second mother. I remember her singing duets with my mother, and acting out funny skits at a community talent show.
I appreciate the good humor, good cooking, resilience and spiritual strength of my dear aunt. She has provided a legacy for children, nieces and nephews, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. Thank God for loving aunts and uncles who help extend life lessons and provide an extra layer of care and guidance. That helps to make every birthday special.
Questions for personal journaling or group discussion:
1. Have you experienced any family member (older or younger) that was a positive influence upon your life? How so?
2. If you are an aunt or uncle, consider a way that you might bless your niece or nephew. Try writing a note/email/text and let them know a positive quality that you see in them.
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