My mom and her sister were very close, so our families spent time together. She will be missed. They spent a lot of time together, and looked enough alike that people would mistake one for the other. I remember Christmas Eve get togethers at my Aunt's house, watching It's a Wonderful Life. I remember my Aunt coming over to our house so my mother could give her a home perm. I remember picnics and dinners.
When they were together those sisters cracked each other up, which was such a joy to see. They would laugh so hard that their faces turned red, they couldn't speak, they were doubled over laughing so hard tears were streaming down their faces. I loved that part. I loved to see my mom so happy and joyful with her sister. I remember that so vividly. I can picture them standing in our kitchen laughing.
They grew up in hard times, and had both been through difficult times, and they made it through, they flourished. That is how I KNOW that my cousins will make it through, just as I have made it through. We ARE their daughters. We may never get over this pain, for me it continues, but we will flourish.
I miss them both.
Here is another picture of my aunt, she is standing on the right, this pic was taken summer 1969
Here is another picture of my aunt, she is the one sitting. This was taken July 4, 1971