I know I’ve been a bit absent lately, and for that I apologize. Usually it is because I have a book due and I am overrun with a deadline. But this time it was family–my dear and beloved Aunt Susie passed away very suddenly.
This picture was taken last summer when all of us got together. The day was so much fun, telling family stories, laughing over past follies, sharing handcrafts, and having one of Aunt Dar’s fabulous luncheons.
Aunt Sue was such a special part of my life and it has broken my heart, as well as leaving her sisters (my mom and my other auntie) completely bereft to lose her so quickly. Some of you might remember that I’ve included my aunt in my blog before, posting pictures of her house when it was buried in snow. Beneath all that snow is the most glorious flower garden you could ever imagine. She lived for her flowers and I will always remember that house surrounded by all those beautiful and carefully tended flowers.
I also devoted Memoirs of a Scandalous Red Dress to her, writing in the dedication:
To my Aunt Susie,
You never stop amazing me with your resiliency and wry humor. Our family’s other storyteller, please continue to make us all laugh, for there isn’t a day when that isn’t needed.
All my love,
She was resilient to the end, waiting patiently for her big sisters to get over to Idaho so the three of them could be together one last time. And an hour after mom and Auntie Dar left, Susie passed away, on her own terms and in her own stubborn way, leaving behind a lifetime of memories and a zest for a tall tale that will never be forgotten.
Bless you, I miss you, Aunt Susie.