Remembering Aunt MornaPosted: January 2, 2012 Filed under: Emotions, Family | Tags: loss, memories 6 Comments
Last night my aunt Morna lost her decades long fight with multiple sclerosis. We all said our goodbyes months or years ago, but it’s still painful.
I was a screaming infant at her first wedding. When I say screaming, I mean screaming. She never held it against me, though. My poor mother was such an embarrassed bridesmaid.
It’s a little strange for me to look at pictures of her from that long ago, because I can’t remember a time before she was on crutches.
Morna and her first husband, Tom, had a cat named Snowball who had two different colored eyes. They loved their kitties.
Tom was my favorite uncle; he let me play Lemmings and Marble Madness on his computer as much as I wanted.
The summer I was 15, right after I got my license, when I visited Colorado, Aunt Morna was the only relative who would let me drive her car. ‘Just ignore the hand controls,’ she told me. So I did, and we rode around just fine.
I didn’t get to see too much of her the last Christmas I spent there in 1997, since I was laid up in the basement with pneumonia the whole vacation.
She was having more mobility issues when I saw her in 1999 for my grandfather’s funeral, but she helped make my twenty-first birthday as good as possible, under the circumstances.
The last time I saw her was in 2009, when we went to Colorado for my grandmother’s funeral. She’d already been in a nursing home for a few years at that time, but she still knew me.
There are so many moments and stories and memories that I grew up hearing about that involved Morna. I love her so much, and I’ll just miss her more now.
*hugs* Losing someone is never easy. Losing them after a long battle is really hard too, because you’ve been grieving them for a long time. You expect the grief to hit, to immobilize you…and sometimes it just doesn’t. *hugs* I’m sorry that you had to lose someone so close to you.
I am so sorry to hear about your Aunt. Thinking of you. (((Hugs)))
I am so sorry about your Aunt Morna. I love how you shared some of your favorite memories of her. Keeping you and your family in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. Hugz!
I’m so sorry for your loss!!
My condolences. I hope you are doing ok.
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