I have an Aunt, her name is Jessie, today she is 100 years old. Yes. you read that right. 100. Amazing. Really, it does not surprise me, because she was always very spunky and out there. I mean that in a good way. I remember my mom showing me a picture of her and another Aunt all decked out in Flapper attire. For those of you that are too young here is a brief explanation of Flappers. I equate it with the Hippies of my generation. Even though I was still a child in the sixties, I could see the romance of the era, as I sure my Aunt Jessie saw the romance of the Flapper era.
She raised two boys on her own in a time that it was not the norm. She did a great job. She lost one, just like Cinderella, only he was much older. I am not sure that matters though. She also lost a grandchild, just like me. Enough said.
She raised those two sons as a single mom while working at a prominent home for orphaned boys. Her two sons went on to live productive lives. One who served in the United States Air Force and one leading the faithful as a Methodist Minister.
She lived far from me, so I did not get a chance to see her much. When I was sixteen, I had a bit of trouble. I went to stay at her son’s home. She picked me up at the airport and then drove me to her son’s home. It was a long drive. She spent a lot of time speaking to me on that drive. I learned that it was ok to make mistakes as long as I learned from those mistakes. I also learned that she was a bit of a rebel in her day too.
She now spends her time reading and listening to University of Nebraska football. She is a BIG fan! Since this is where she was raised and lived, it does not surprise me. When her husband was still alive they traveled to some of Nebraska’s bowl games, primarily Fiesta Bowl and Sugar Bowl. Also, went to many games in Lincoln.
Aunt Jessie will have a party on the 18th of June which will include lots of friend and family. I wish I could be there, as does my mom, her baby sister.
Just know Aunt Jessie, we are all there in spirit. Also, know that I think about you often and you are an inspiration in my life. Thank you for guiding me all those years ago. That summer was one of my most memorable times in my life and even though I went on to make a few other mistakes, I eventually got it right.
So, Happy 100th Birthday to you!
Please leave a comment and wish my Aunt Jessie a happy birthday. I will make sure they get to her.