Thursday, May 27, 2010

a righteous head

Today was a momentous occasion for me. 

I'm not sure i realized it was going to be.  Initially, i just wanted to get my house cleaned.

I wanted to get my house cleaned because my aunts were coming over......all of them.  

O.k., there are just three.

These are the aunts to whom i am blood related - my dad's sisters.

Two live here in Texas, and one lives far away in Michigan.   So they are rarely ever all together in one place.  One of the sisters (i'm not telling which one, and i betcha can't guess) is having her 70th birthday.  So the northern one came to celebrate with her.  The last time she was in Texas was for another sister's 60th.

When i realized that they were together for someone's SEVENTIETH birthday, i thought, "you know, this is kind of a big deal," and i got out my camera.  

See all that white hair?  I dig that.  I'm hoping i get to have that when i'm old and beautiful like them.  There's a scripture that says that white hair is attained by living a righteous life (Proverbs 16:31).  Something i know about my aunts is that they have lived their lives (which are not nearly over) to the full, not by jumping out of airplanes or climbing tall mountains - but by caring for others.  

I get a little sobby when i think about their beautiful lives.  I get a little weepy, too, when i remember when these beautiful women were a little closer to my age, and the generation before them was closer to theirs.  That older generation is all in Heaven now.  And all that just makes me break down and cry.  

It's really hard for me to put into words the feeling of awe i have.  I'm honored to be part of the next generation, and i feel a little pressure.  I hope i live my life as well.  I hope i earn my righteous head.

I don't really have anything specific to say here, except that today was important.  I am blessed with a beautiful heritage.  Women who have lived, and made mistakes, and keep on living and blessing others are some of those who have shaped me.  Today i listened and watched while they giggled together over things that were mostly funny to just them - some things that were funny to me too.  I enjoyed how they melted over cute and cuddly animals, how they appreciated my little tiny home like it was something special.  I was amazed at their enduring beauty and lack of age.  There's no way any of these women is anywhere near 70.  They're just way too young for that.

I wish i had taken more pictures.


  1. I understand now why you didn't have any words on the phone!!! Aunt Glada looks so great with the bunny!!! they all look a little alike!!! can't wait til monday for the party!!! Do they know i'm coming or should i call Aunt Glada about it???

    i love you and them!!!

  2. This is the comment i tried to send to Meredith a "long" time ago, and it didn't go through, and now it prevents all other comments from going anywhere also. Let's see what happens now:

    You can do all things through Christ who strengthens you!


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