Monday, May 05, 2008

Fun Monday- Who is your hero?

This week I'm your wonderful host and this is my assignment... Tell me about the Super Hero in your life. Not from TV, but anyone that has been or is in your life that you have really looked up to or has made a impact on your life. It can one or many. You can share pictures if you like. Just have fun with it.

I know a lot of you think I'm going to write of my mom. Even thou she is one of my heroes, she is not the hero I'm going to write about this week. I would like to tell you about another very important lady. (My scanner will not work so; I can not show you her picture.)
My mom’s sister, my Aunt Shirley, is the hero of my life I would like to share with you. My Aunt Shirley was a very happy and fun loving person. She was always one of the few that really understood me. Aunt Shirley and momma would joke all the time that they got their daughters mixed up. (I should have Aunt Shirley’s and Kathy should have belonged to momma.) My Aunt is the one that gave me my nick name “Kitten.” She would call her daughter Kathy, “Kat” and me “Kitten.
(There are so many stories of Aunt Shirley I could tell, but I don’t know where to start.)(I will just tell you of the last years of her Life.)
She had worked for US Post Office for over 30 years when she passed away.
About 4-5 years before Aunt Shirley passed away, she got where she would stay very tired. My mom, being a nurse, would give Aunt Shirley vitamin B12 shots once a week. Being the lady she was, she still kept on pushing and always a smiling. I remember her breaking her leg just walking across the road to her car from work. Everybody was real worried about her, but we didn’t know what to do or what was going on. She kept on pushing and a smiling. She finally changed Drs and at the same time we finally found out what was wrong with her; she got promoted to Post Master. I remember having mixed emotions about this. Here was a lady that had worked hard for what she wanted and she had always wanted to be a Post Master. She got the job, but only got to do the job for about a week or 2. The Dr told us that Aunt Shirley had cancer and had maybe 3-6 months to live. This was a big slap in my face. (Well, everybody’s.) We found out it had started as lung cancer, went to her bones, to her blood stream, and then through her whole body. (Aunt Shirley never had smoked in her life. She would make muscadine wine once a year and only have one glass to check it.) Even through all this, she still kept her head up high and always smiling. She still was strong through all the chemo and everything else. She was the one holding my mom and Kat up. 2 days before she passed away I went to see her. As I walked in the room she sent mom and Kat out. She grabbed me and said, “I’m so glad to have a strong one here, because I’m tired of holding them 2 cry babies up” and she laid her head in my lap and cried. I set there and held her for about an hour. Then she pulled herself together and told me she was going to be okay. She told me to always be strong and hold my head up high! I never got to see her again. The night she passed a way, she had her husband call her pastor and ask him to have church at her home. They came over and while they were singing “I’ll Fly Away”, she passed.
I have noticed that I have the song “Lean on Me” 2 times on my blog. That was my Aunt’s favorite song and she always told me that they were some of the best words to live by. At times I really miss her and as I get older, I see my self paying close attention to what she had told me years ago.
In my eyes, Aunt Shirley is what defines that of a hero and always will be in my eyes!

42 comments:

Sayre said...

I have a feeling I'm going to cry a lot today... So sorry about your Aunt Shirley - but you were so lucky to have her in your life!

nikki said...

Why to I think today is going to be a teary Fun Monday.

Your Aunt sounds like she was an amazing person. Thank you for sharing her with us.

Faye said...

How fortunate both of us are to have our aunts in our lives. Your Aunt Shirley certainly provided a great example of how to live well.

Jan said...

The wonderful thing about Aunt Shirley is she's still with you, everyday.

Sorry, I thought I'd sign-up. I've posted anyway.

Jettie said...

OHH Kitten what a wonderful post!! She was an amazing Lady!! So wonderful that you had that precious time with her. I always cry when I hear that song!! It amazes me when People can go threw things like that and be the strong ones!! This was a true Memorable Fun Monday!!

Kaytabug said...

Yup a teary FM for sure! What a lovely tribute to your Aunt. I can see why she is your hero! Thanks for sharing her with us.

hulagirlatheart said...

I loved hearing about your Aunt Shirley. Thanks for sharing her with us.

Sauntering Soul said...

She sounds like a very special lady indeed.

Thanks for hosting this week - great topic for some very meaningful posts.

Pamela said...

Oh kitten.... what sweet sorrow!
AND... a blessing -- that your arms were a safe place for her to grieve.

Blessings!

storyteller said...

I’m sorry for your loss, but happy for your experiences with this lovely aunt. I considered writing about a couple of my dad’s sisters who had great influence in my life, but opted to share about my older brother instead. It’s at Small Reflections this morning.
Hugs and blessings,

Tiggerlane said...

Wow..that was incredibly heartfelt. I would hope that one day I would have the courage to live like her. I am one of the crybabies, I'm afraid. Thank you so much for sharing her with us!

Robin said...

What a lovely tribute to her...and a hero, indeed :). She sounds like someone who inspired everyone around her.

ChrisB said...

I am choked reading this beautiful tribute. Your aunt sounds an amazing lady, who had incredible strength of character.

IamwhoIam said...

Your Aunt sounds as if she was indeed a wonderful, strong, and loving woman. Your her Kitten were blessed to have someone to look up to.

Jo Beaufoix said...

Ok Kitten she sounds so lovely. How awful for you all to have to go through that, but you obviously had a very special relationship for her t be able to lean on you when she needed to. Hug.

jientje said...

Such a strong woman, no wonder she was your hero! Thanks for sharing this!

thefoodsnob said...

Oh, tears in my eyes.
What an amazing person she must have been.

Lisa

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shirleyhill said...

that was wonderful. Everyone should have an Aunt Shirley.

Olive said...

The beauty of having a hero so close to home. Your aunt appears to have been a great influence in your life.

Melanie said...

Wow! What a great post. Your aunt sounds wonderful. I love the topic you picked for this week- there's been some really great posts.

Our Happy Happenings

Lil Mouse said...

very cool.

karisma said...

She sounds like a wonderful soul! A more fitting hero I could not imagine! Thanks for sharing your story with us.

Rose said...

That is a wonderful and touching story, made me think of my mother, she also died of cancer and she was very strong till the end. Thanks for sharing and making me cry.

Debs said...

Beautiful post! Even if you made me cry. ;) You are very lucky to have her in your life. Also sounds she was lucky to have you in hers. :)

Alison said...

I don't even know her, and I love her...thank you for sharing her with us...your poignant story of the last time you saw her touched me...

thank you so much for hosting..what a wonderful topic.

Holly said...

Kitten, that is such a wonderful tribute to your aunt, as is how you ive your life.

Sandy said...

Thank you so much for hosting this week and for sharing your Aunt Shirley with us.

It sounds as though you come from a long line of strong women!

Junebug said...

Very good and very moving post. You were fortunate to have her.

Nekked Lizard Lady said...

Everybody needs a Aunt Shirley in their lives. Your memories of her will always be cherished!

Wendy Hawksley said...

My goodness; what a story about your beloved Aunt Shirley. You are fortunate to have had her!

Aoj & The Lurchers said...

Aunt Shirley sounds like she was a very special lady!

Thank you for hosting!

Hootin' Anni said...

Beautiful tribute to your aunt. Tho time passes and our heroes disappear in the physical world, we DO carry with us memories that'll last a lifetime!!

Thanks for stopping by today. I'm late visiting everyone since I've had a busy day. But, I just can't NOT stop by to those who come by and say 'hi' to me! Hope your afternoon/evening is a peaceful one.

Joy T. said...

Even though I didn't participate in Fun Monday I've been wanting to read some posts on heroes. I'm so glad I came and read yours. *sniff* Your Aunt was indeed a true hero!

lisa marie said...

Aunt Shirley sounds like a great lady and I can see why you chose her as your hero.

You have a great family. :)

Oh, Thanx for hosting!

MOM #1 said...

That's a beautiful tribute to your Auntie Shirley. I'm sure she's reading it with love right now.

dawn said...

She sounds like a wonderful person and you do seem to be a lot like her. You had a good roll model. I cried when I read that about the hospital. I am glad you were there for you and I hope you have someone strong to rely on sometimes when you don't feel as strong.

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