Of the "aunts by marriage" the favourite was and is my Aunt Irene (my sole surviving Aunt) She is a grand woman.
(Irene has an niece by birth "Kippy" (Catherine), who lives on Staten Island. Kippy is the daughter of Irene's only brother - a Merchant Marine whose ship was torpedoed in a war time North Atlantic convoy. Kippy is also a wonderful person. We share the same Aunt Irene ( Kippy by birth and I by marriage) so we call each other "cousin".)
Dear and good Auntie Irene celebrated her 90th birthday today in her native city of Bristol, U.K.. She was surrounded by her family members - each one loving her dearly.
The plan was that Auntie Irene and I would have a Skype video chat, but due to the imperfections of technology we could not make that contact.
I shared a few words with her via my cousin Janet's mobile phone, but the party was so lively that Irene could not hear me.
Ne'er mind, I will chat with her on Friday 27th, the day after her achievement as a nonagenarian.
I visited with dear Auntie Irene when I was in the U.K. last May/June. (And she has visited me more than once in the U.S.A.).
She is the only one of my aunts-by-marriage who truly cared for me (since my birth). I think of her with deep fondness and appreciation. I wish that I could have been in Bristol today to raise a glass in her honour.
|Irene's 90th Photo' via her son Chris.|