To My Aunt With Love

Many of you may not know, but my Aunt passed away suddenly a couple days before Christmas. She was one of the bravest women I know. While my family was able to say their goodbyes, I did not get the opportunity. I know you are not gone, and you will be watching over us, just like you always have been. Here is my final see ya later.

Do Not Stand at My Grave and Weep

By Mary Elizabeth Frye

Do not stand at my grave and weep
I am not there; I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow,
I am the diamond glints on snow,
I am the sun on ripened grain,
I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you awaken in the morning’s hush
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft stars that shine at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry,
I am not there; I did not die.

Dear Aunt Cynthia (I know you hated when I called you this),

Wherever you are or wherever you may be,

I am sorry it has taken me so long to say my see ya laters. I have been trying to be strong for the family while we handle some of your paperwork, but I haven’t forgotten about you and I think about you every second of every day.

I am sorry I wasn’t able to see you one last time. I am so sorry I did not know you did not feel well. I wish there was something I could do. I wish there was more time. We always wish there was more time.

There is no doubt you were the crazy Aunt. No matter where we were you were always the loudest and always spoke your truth. I guess I always was a lot more like you than I thought.

I know that wherever you are, you are not suffering anymore. I know that you are no longer in pain. I know that wherever you are, you are singing, dancing, and smiling your way to wherever you want to go. And the thought of that brings me joy. I wish I was able to give you one last hug and tell you I love you.

I know you thought of me and Stevie has your own daughters and I just want you to know, you were always like a second Mother to us. And one that baked 😉 We all know Mama cant bake to save her life. I forever cherish all of our memories. And I will forever miss you.

You were one of a kind and you were loved ❤

“I hope your soul finds peace. And your heart reaches home. I hope lights light up your way. And happiness takes over the pains of yesterday.”

I love you and I am never not thinking of you.

Sincerely,

Rachel Ree

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