Wednesday, May 17, 2006

First things first...
Meet "The Aunts"...
These are my dad's sisters. June is in the middle, Eva on the left and Dottie on the right. I love this picture of them in the kitchen. They are all incredibly wonderful cooks. Incredibly wonderful people. As different as they can be, but they love and adore each other. It is very difficult to sum up such beautiful women. Have you ever been around someone who makes you feel great for the rest of the day? The kind words that they say and the loving way they treat you just lifts you up and makes you feel like there isn't anything you can face that would make you lose that security? Gracious. They are so very gracious. I can't say that I have ever seen the closeness that these three share anywhere else. They compliment and pet on each other. They humor each other and talk often. But to tell you the truth, that's the way they are with everyone. And I got to spend a week with all three of them. How cool is that? We stayed with my Aunt June, and the kids took turns with all three aunts. Aunt June wouldn't let me cook or clean or do laundry. We'd sleep in and then she'd fix breakfast. We'd go to the beach and spend the whole day. Come home in time to clean up and have a delicious dinner that all three of the sister's had fixed. Everyday, all week. On our last night there, they finally relented and allowed me to make the dinner rolls. When I'd try to help out, they'd shoo me off and say, "You're on vacation!" It made me realize that maybe I haven't had a real vacation in 20 years! giggle. It was like a spa getaway and I came home actually feeling pretty rested. Imagine that. According to the children, they each received the same royal treatment when they'd sleep over at the the other Aunts. Aunt Eva kept trying to keep them all and the other aunts would have to firmly insist that they wanted some kids, too. DH says that we've never had people fighting over who gets to keep us! Wednesday, they took me and my friend Lindsay out to lunch. A girls' lunch out! Oh, wonderful. To sit at a waterfront restaurant (Aunt Catfish's- I thought that was a funny and appropriate name!) surrounded by these wonderful women. All laughing and sharing stories. Yes, Sarah, I had the shrimp. They are all great with the children and the children really loved being there. They could write a book about love and treating people with such generosity. You just don't get to experience that often these days and I know how blessed I am to be in such a wonderful family.

6 comments:

Sarah said...

Now you made me miss "the aunts"! When can me and you book a week at their house?

Hope your trip to Dayton goes well. Who is working the actual show? Collid?

Miss you!

Sarah

Isobel said...

Isn't it amazing, once I knew they were aunts, I could identify each without any help, even though it has been almost 50 years since I have seen them. June sent me the nicest card when Gary had his surgery. I tried to send her an e-mail to thank her, but it was kicked back to me, so I guess she doesn't know how much I appreciated it.

Lucy said...

They are deffinitely great aunts!!!

Tropical Screamer said...

Such an exciting post. Thank you for sharing about the quilts and your family.

Eighteen entrees for 10. Wow. I don't think I could cook 18 entrees for 2.

You have my admiration.

Darilyn

Dawn said...

What a beautiful picture of "the Aunts"! Pictures like this are wonderful now, but in years to come will be even more cherished!

Darcie said...

What a great picture of your aunts! Reminds me of my mom's sisters.