Today my Aunt Rosie passed away.
I will forever cherish the times that we spent together, and all the memories she shared with me and my family. It was a good, long run, and she, ever-present with my Nana, would never forget us; she’d always send cards, call and ask how we were, and their visits were huge celebrations for our family. Aunt Rosie was the most down-to-earth, no-nonsense aunt that I had, and she wasn’t afraid to speak her mind. Her red hair and New York accent, just like my Nana, will forever be seared into my memory. At the very least, I am comforted that she is now with her beloved sister, as she was distraught since my Nana had passed before she did.
Dearest Aunt Rosie, I promise to carry on your legacy of no-nonsense, straight up candidness, and dedication to family. I can only hope to be as strong-willed as you were, as the standard has been set very high. At the very least, I can aspire, and I can try. And just like I promised my parents, my Nana, and to you so many, many years ago, I promise to be and continue to be a good boy.
I love you, Aunt Rosie, and all of us do. Here’s a song for you. Oh, and while you’re at it, say hi to my Nana for me, will you…?