Sunday, November 9, 2008

Longing

Today my sweet Aunt turned 88. She is my dad's sister... they were born on the same day 9 years apart...as she tells it, her cousin was the bus driver and driving her home told her she had a big gift waiting at home...She is the kindest, sweetest, most gracious, southern Christian women you could every meet. She is still pretty sharp to be 88....except... she knows exactly who I am when I call, said she was just talking about me yesterday as a matter of fact, remembers my husband and kids names, but then later in the conversation asks "now you're Charles' daughter right?"....
Every time I talk to her it makes me so sad that I never get to see her (she lives in Alabama) and she is just precious to me. We had a long talk about how she can't believe how long her husband has been dead now, and my dad, and even her parents... I guess the empty spot you have when you loose a parent never goes away.
I ended the phone call with such a longing... a longing to see her and knowing when I do get to it may be the last time...a longing for my dad...
Poor Mike, I wonder how many times I've cried these same tears on his shoulder over the years...he's always sweet... he even paused Saving Private Ryan for me...

4 comments:

Miss Scarlett said...

Thanks! J.O. is great!!! ; )

Jennifer said...

I hope you get a visit soon. And that all of your longings about seeing her and visiting with her will fill those places of your heart. She sounds like a great lady.

neecie said...

Sounds like my great-grandmother. She was 94 when she passed away and still had her wits about her until the end. Like ur new picture of the girls.

Heather said...

Hello again! I don't see where I got your address to mail your Chenille stocking you won last week to. If I misplaced it I am so sorry. I thought I got it and sent it to the owner, but she said she never got it. Either way, can you email me your address so we can get your stocking right out? Sorry about the confusion! ;)