Friday Fun! (A Memorial)
A lot of things happened this week–I got into my WISE course (an online course taken from a different MLIS program than my own), one of my herbs sprouted, we got the Richard episode of Lost finally, my boyfriend got to meet two of my librarian friends from team unicorn, and more. But what I want to tell you guys about today is about my Aunt Kitty, who passed away unexpectedly last Saturday of a stroke.
My father’s sister had 8 siblings, 7 of whom were brothers. She had two kids of her own, my cousins Chris and Michelle. I was never super-close to her and many of my childhood memories in general are foggy, but what I do remember is how she always greeted the nieces and nephews with a smile and a hug. Her house was next to our grandparents’ house and sometimes playing at Grandma’s turned into slipping into Aunt Kitty’s backyard. She never minded. In the falls she would make us these delicious, sticky popcorn balls. I remember looking into hers and my Aunt Linda’s faces and wondering if I’d look at all like them when I grew up, since everyone said I looked most like the McNeil side of the family.
Aunt Kitty touched my life in a way only aunts and uncles can. She got to be the fun person who let me slip into her backyard and give me super sugary popcorn balls even though they would make me hyper. I loved her, and I am sorry to see her go.