My Aunt Passed Away Today...

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  1. Sklar

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    She passed away at midnight. She had a lot of medical problems. I won't go into the whole list but she elected to go off of Dialisys 4 weeks and one day ago.

    My mother and oldest brother flew out to be there for her final days and for her funeral. I couldn't make it. But I did write a small eulogy for my mother to read. Here it is:

    Eulogy
    For my Aunt Peshie

    I’ll never forget when my mother told me we were going to go to New York and visit relatives. I was SSSSOOOOO excited. I had never been on an airplane before and now I was going to be on one for HOURS! I think I was eight years old at the time.

    This trip would give me three distinct memories of my Aunt Pesh. Here is the first one:

    There were three of us traveling: Mother and my brother and myself. When we finally arrived in Syracuse, we took a taxi to her sisters place.

    I don’t remember just how long that drive was, but I remember turning the corner to the street that Pesh and Sid lived on and was starting to get more and more excited. The taxi cab pulled up and stopped in front of this house and there was this lady that had a basket of eggs in her hand standing next to a couple of ducks. All three of us get out of the taxi and the lady turns and looks at us. You could tell from the look on her face that she knew that she knew us but didn’t really recognize us.

    My mother says “Hi Peshie” and waves her hand and Pesh really looks confused at this time. So I shout out “It’s your sister from Alaska!”

    Peshies mouth hung open for just about a second then she dropped the basket of eggs and runs right for my mother. Now, being from Alaska I’ve heard about bear hugs growing up. I’ve got to say the hug that Pesh gave mother was a real bear hug! Then Sid appeared at the door wondering what Pesh was screaming about. Then their kids all appeared. There were hugs all around.

    Memory number 2: DINNER!

    Same day, but in the kitchen. We sit down for dinner and it smells really good! I mean really, really, REALLY good. Pesh had made some type of spaghetti with curly noodles. I just loved it. Seriously. All I ever had to eat growing up was my mothers cooking and, nothing personal mom, I never really liked liver and onions. This stuff was great!

    So when dinner was done, mom asked if we could do the dishes. Sid and Pesh said no, they had a dishwasher. I thought this was cool because we didn’t have a dishwasher back home. They took our plates, set them on the floor and called “Sam! Here boy.” The dog came in, licked the plates clean and they put them onto the shelf.

    Memory number 3: Fireflies

    The one thing I wanted to do when I went to New York, was get stuck in traffic on the Clover Leaf. All my research had said that the Clover Leaf always had a traffic jam and I wanted to be part of it.

    So one day Sid and Pesh had taken us out for a drive and we drove on a clover leaf. We sailed right through it. I was really disappointed by that. So as the day grew darker, we were driving down a road and Pesh asks me: “Mark, what are those lights in the field?”

    I looked and there were hundreds of little lights just flying back and forth above the grass. The lights would blink on, then blink off. Aunt Pesh asks again: “Mark, do you know what those are?”

    And a sudden dawning realization hits me. I DO know what those are. With a certainty that only an 8 year old could muster I shout: “MARTIANS!”

    It’s funny even after all these years, that still brings a smile to my face. Spaghetti isn’t spaghetti unless it has curly noodles in it. I didn't even know her given name until I was helping my mother with her Eulogy. She was always my Aunt Peshie to me. And she always will be.
     
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    Sorry to hear of your loss..
     
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    Im so very sorry to read about your Aunt. Please know that you have many people here to chat with if you need to.
     
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    Hey Sklar....
    I'm so sorry to hear of your loss. May her memory be eternal!
     
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    I'm sorry to hear of your loss - but think of how empty life could be without ever having had an Aunt Peshie.
     
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    I am sorry to her of your aunt's passing. I am glad you have happy memories of her to carry with you.
     
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    My condolences for your loss.
     
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    A beautiful eulogy, Sklar.
     
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    ohh Sklar-y,
    I am so sorry to hear of your aunt Peshie's passing.
    I wish there was something I could do to make it all better for you
    as I surely would do it.
    What can I do for you?
    I hope your days will be brighter soon Sklar.
    She seemed to be very a special lady.
    Mucho hugs,
    cigarbabe:saevil:
     
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    I am so sorry for your loss! :frown1:
    But I am glad you have such cool memories of her. :cool:

    I lost my cousin Pete and my Auntie Edna in the last 4 days. :frown1:
     
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    I'm sorry for your loss...I lost my favorite uncle just a few months ago...
    he also lived in NY...
     
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    I'm so sorry for your loss.
    If you ever want to talk... just contact me.
     
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    great eulogy...you will always have her in your mind and heart...sorry for your loss
     
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    Sorry about your Aunt.

    Thoughts & Prayers are with you.
     
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    I'm sorry to hear of your loss. But it's cool that you have good memories of her.
     
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    Im so sorry to hear this.:frown1:
     
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    Thanks for sharing with us, Sklar. What wonderful memories.

    I'm going downtown right now to get one of those Samsung K-9 dishwashers.
     
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