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One of these daysVivian Heyl
"One of these days." How many times I have said these words. They are always meant and well intentioned, but I have learned that like tomorrow one of these days never comes.
I recently uttered these words to my cousin who had called to tell me of her mother's death. "One of these days we'll all get together again," I said, knowing full well I had said the same thing to her mother not long ago. I regret that one of these days never came for us.
My aunt was amusing, full of life and quite excitable. She always wanted to know everything that was going on in her family's lives. If she had an opinion she would be glad to share it with you. Needless to say she always had an opinion.
She was my mother's youngest sister. I have written occasionally about my mother. She, like my aunt, marches to a different drummer. They were best friends, sisters and confidants. They talked to each other on a regular basis, sharing stories about their kids, grandkids and eventually about their great-grandkids.
I know my mother will miss those long Sunday chats. She was one of 12 children and I can't imagine how hard it must be to lose your siblings one by one. Now only my mother and a brother remain.
We were in the process of planning a trip to reunite my aunt and my mother next spring. Health problems and traveling away from home were major obstacles in our efforts. Now there will be no reunion.
I am sad that Mom never got the chance to see her sister one more time, but on the other hand her memories are of a sister full of life and ready to laugh and have a good time. They are good memories and I'm glad she has them.
Mom has always told stories about growing up in a large family during the depression years. They are wonderful stories full of humor and innocence, even though the times were difficult. One of these days I intend to write them down.
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