My Favorite Aunt
My favorite aunt passed away this week at the age of 90. Aunt Cecila was always fun to be around; she had a soft purr of a voice, not unlike Peggy Lee. During the 60s, our families would rent cabins in Wisconsin; While everyone was on the boats fishing Aunt Cecila and I would sneak back into the cabin to watch Liberace. Her husband (my mother's brother) Tony was a loud, obstinate, hard drinking Polish man who hated that she wanted to spend her time watching movies. I remember him crashing into the cabin once and slapping off the television telling her not to watch that 'fairy' and to go do the dishes. I think that was the same summer she accidentally dyed her hair bright green.
(Uncle Tony - Seen here smashed at one of my parent's New Years Eve parties)
I hadn't seen her since Tony's funeral about 20 years ago. But my memories of her are always of an extremely kind and full of life woman. I have a great 8mm film of her crazily dancing around like a flapper in one of those Wisconsin cabins. I think that's how I'll remember her...
RIP Aunt Cecila.