Dear Auntie Sue,
I miss you something fierce! Hardly a day goes by that I don’t think of you or see something that reminds me of you. I think of you every time I go to Walgreens and remember how you loved to get out and just look around. How you always bought a new Farmer’s Almanac and a Revlon lipstick, Wine With Everything, even though you had two in your purse. “Just in case, “ you would say.
I think of you every time I go into my closet and see the Rhinestone pins and necklaces you gave me from your overflowing jewelry box
I hear your voice when the weatherman flashes Oklahoma City on the map. You would call and ask, “Are you having any weather down in Austin?” And then proceed to say, “It’s so windy here it would blow the hair off a dog!”
I think of you every time I don’t want to go for a walk, because you braved the elements every day, even using your walker. You had a path inside and out at your retirement home, where you would walk one mile in the morning and one in the afternoon. “I’ve got to walk or die,” you’d say.
I miss the way we would laugh, especially at ourselves and tell the same stories over and over again, each of us acting as if it were the first time!
I miss you telling me how much I look like my mother; how much you love me and can’t wait to see me again.
I tried to come for a visit every few months or so. At the end of our time together, you would ask me when I was coming back. You didn’t like to say goodbye and didn’t want any long farewells, tears or fuss. As I would make my way to my car, I would turn around and look for your face in the window and you were always there waving back. We would stand there and look at each other for those few seconds and my heart would ache, already longing to return.
I like to think that maybe on your walks upon the streets of gold, you might pause in front of a big picture window looking down on us all. I like to think you are smiling and waving, your hand pressed to the pane and you hear me say, “I miss you something fierce.”
My dear Auntie Sue was the Original Sittin Ugly Sistah! She was funny, sweet, loving and true to herself. She loved God, her family, eating a good steak and Bob Wills!