The phone rang this afternoon and it was my cousin Nina, it had been a couple of months since we had spoken, but I could tell by her voice something was wrong. Her mom, my aunt Betty had made her final transformation this morning. Her words hit me hard.
Aunt Betty was the last of my mom's siblings, she was the youngest. I thought about my mom and her siblings and I hoped that somewhere there was a family reunion tonight. It has been ten years since my mother and oldest brother died. The last time I had seen Aunt Betty she talked about how much she missed her brothers and sister. I told Nina this evening how much I missed my mom, dad and brother...it never goes away.
I have an old photograph of my mom and aunt Betty when they were young girls. I swear, they look like movie stars.
I thought about how large my mom's family use to be, all the aunts, uncles and cousins...now there are only a handful of cousins still alive...time goes so fast. It has been a rainy sad afternoon.
RIP Aunt Betty