My aunt Betsy was the type of person who would tell us that she didn’t like us to make a fuss over her, but I could see the smile that she couldn’t hide when she came to visit and we rolled out the red carpet for her. She was like a second mother to my sister and me when we were kids, and we loved to pamper her when we got to see her here and there when we became adults. After she passed away, my sister and I were looking at Jewish monuments in New Jersey and she looked over at me and said, “Which one should we get?” I answered, “One of the best ones!” We both smiled at one another because that’s exactly how we acted when we knew that Aunt Betsy was coming to visit.
Our mom is fantastic. She was always there for us. It just so happened that our aunt was there for us, too. She only had one marriage, and it didn’t work out. Because she was single for so long, she didn’t have any children. So she jumped right into help Mom with hearing things. (more…)Continue Reading→