Today is my Aunt Loretta's birthday. She died peacefully in her sleep on 3 May 2012, six months ago. She was ready. I miss her and all those who are with her.
Aunt Loretta had a good life, but it was marred by tragedy: both her children, my first cousins Maria and Skip, had MS, the kind that gets progressively worse, the blinding, crippling, disabling kind. Both died young, in their 50s. Losing your children too soon, and so tragically, is too painful to contemplate. I cannot imagine it. My aunt and uncle suffered. Their grandchildren suffered. My aunt Loretta lived with grief all her life.
|My sister Andy and I had a great|
85th birthday party for Aunt Loretta
in Tallahassee (19 Nov 2002).
Our mom was with us.
She looked pretty good at 94, too, when she came to visit us in Sylvania with her granddaughter Roz in August 2011 (hard to believe it was only a little over a year ago). She visited every single person in our family, missing baby Chase by only 1 day. She had a great time, and so did we. We are filled with happy memories because of that visit. We were hoping she’d come back, this Spring. It was not meant be.