Monday, January 20, 2014

Remembering Alice

Today is the funeral for my great-aunt Alice.  Not many people are blessed enough to know their great-aunts and uncles, and even less people are as blessed to have had as close of a relationship as I did.  My family was made up of many wonderful great aunts and uncles who were a very big part of my life.

My aunt Alice may have just been the sweetest and kindest person I have ever met.  I never remember Alice saying anything negative.  Truly!  She is one of a few people in the world who sincerely had the kindest heart.  She lived to be in her late 80's, which is quite an accomplishment!  In my head and heart though, I remember her as much younger.  She never really aged to me.  I see her cooking the most amazing dinners and always taking the time to ask how my life was going.  She was just a kind, warm, loving person.

It hasn't really hit me that's she's gone yet.  She is the last of my great-aunt's to pass.  Just my great-uncle Tony is still alive...which feels odd considering I great up with a big family who was always all together.   

The funeral today will be hard.  I feel like we've been to a lot of funerals lately, but that's what happens in life when people age.  It's just hard and sad to see so many wonderful people leave the Earth.  I find comfort in knowing they are in Heaven.

I will always remember Alice with a big smile and a warm hug.  She wrote me the most thoughtful notes, one of which I received just last week.  

I hope that everyone can learn from my aunt Alice that the greatest memory you can leave with people is the memory of kindness.  I don't think there is a person on this earth who can say that Alice was not kind to every single person she met.   Kindness doesn't require money, or education.  It just requires a good heart.  Alice had the best heart ever.  May her memory be eternal. 

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