Everyone should have an aunt .. whose face lights up every time they walk in the room. The aunt who laughs at every joke they tell.. (no matter how many times you tell it).. and claps at every performance you give on the living room “stage”..
My kids had that..
Whenever they went to Auntie and Uncle’s house, my daughter always had a “show” planned to show her auntie. And my son always looked forward to hearing “how tall he had gotten”… and he would smile as he called her his “medium sized” auntie.
This year we watched this beautiful soul battle against cancer.
And it was hard.
Yesterday she lost the battle to cancer..
.. but she won.
She won her angel wings.
.. and we won..
We won the beautiful legacy she left behind..
My kids learned that people can have an unfamiliar accent.. and not be a stranger in your heart. My kids learned that people can look different from us and they can be called family… She taught them what a generous heart looks like… what love looks like…
She showed everyone who came to her house that they wouldn’t leave hungry..
.. she showed her grandkids that they were the most beautiful things in the world to her..
.. and.. she raised 2 beautiful, amazing daughters… I can’t imagine the depths of the legacy she planted there..
Today we are all trying to imagine a world without Auntie in it. A holiday with no heartfelt hug from her.. family get together with no “Lumpia” (probably not spelled correctly) or other Philippine dishes.. (..though I imagine we will continue to hear about her first cooking disasters told through laughter.. and a few tears..).. not seeing her sneak dollars to each of the kids in the family.. making each kid feel like they are her favorites..
.. but I am so glad that I get to know what a beautiful world it was while she was here with us..
So today .. Auntie gets a new body.. a heavenly body.. one without cancer or pain..
.. and she gets her angel wings…
But honestly? She already had those.