Have you ever felt a sense of urgency to capture a specific moment in time? On a recent trip to my parents I had that very experience. Part of the reason for my visit was to see my Aunt Pearl. My mom has eight siblings, Pearl being her oldest sister. She was in poor health and the prognosis was not good.
I found myself sitting around the kitchen table at Aunt Elizabeth’s house with all but one of my mom’s six sisters. We were drinking coffee and chatting when the idea came…we should take a picture of all the sisters! A text sent, and then a phone call-Aunt Sharon would be there soon.
Attempting a photo of seven sisters in their 60’s and 70’s presented quite a challenge. Getting everyone to stop talking, just for a minute, look the same direction, and smile proved nearly impossible. The resulting images provided evidence of personality differences you would expect with seven sisters-bossy, easygoing, funny, and calm to name a few. Not that I would attempt to place labels. Unless, of course, my cousins were willing to help!
These women are strong, each in their own way. Their presence as I was growing up provided a foundation I find difficult to express in words, yet it is part of who I am.
Seated from left to right: Aunt Elizabeth, Aunt Pearl, Aunt Mary Standing from left to right: Aunt Linda, Aunt Sharon, Aunt Martha, Geneva (My Mom)
During our attempt at a picture, there was finally a moment of calm, everyone focused, recording the memory of this day in one snapshot. For that I am grateful. Today, Wednesday, July 11, 2018, my Aunt Pearl passed away. She would have turned 80 in October. The above photo was taken June 2, 2018. We will miss her so very much.
“Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.” Matthew 5:4
“Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful.” Hebrews 10:23