Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Sad News

I'm sure everyone has those moments where they wonder if they're adopted and I've had those moments, too.

But then you meet the one relative that makes you feel sane.

My Aunt Myrtle was one of those relatives to me. She's my Grandmother's older sister and was a wonderful woman. She married when she was 36 (deemed an old maid) and married a man whom she dearly, dearly loved. She lived and worked on a REAL farm in Ohio. Uncle Willard was so great with us as he'd take us around and we were able to ride on tractors, combines. . . you name it, he would allow us to check it out.

When Myrtle was 90, she broke her hip. Six months later, she was walking around with no problems. She didn't go to an "old folks home" until she was 95 years old.

Well, Aunt Myrtle died last night in her sleep. She was 101 years old with her 102nd birthday looming in September.

When my Grandfather was sick in the hospital, Myrtle came down from Ohio to help Grandma through all the hospital hell. I was able to spend some really great adult time with Myrtle and came to find out that we were a lot alike. It was just one of those moments where you're super happy to realize that there was sanity bred somewhere in your family.

This in no way is meant to be a knock against my family. I love my family.

I'll miss my Aunt Myrtle.

3 comments:

Kyle Kunnecke said...

I understand exactly what you're saying about your famiy - stay tuned to my blog - I'll be posting about my amazing grandmother who is hours from passing at this very moment... life is a tricky thing - it's interesting to me how I was halfway through it before I realized that it's flying by... I know you're glad you had time to spend with your Aunt - it's important to remember those times - and if you believe in anything after this life (whatever it is) I'm sure you know she's still with you...

fillyjonk said...

My condolences.

I lost a beloved aunt this week myself.

Jen da Purse Ho said...

sorry about your aunt. :( *hugs*