We are all familiar with L. Frank Baum’s, childhood tale, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. Dorothy Gale is our protagonist. The entire plot of this classic adventure revolves around Dorothy’s desire to return to the safety and security of her home and her beloved Auntie Em.
Aunts. Gotta love them! And check your spelling here. Not the creepy, crawly kind. But your mother or father’s sister. The ones that could be your mother, but are way cooler because they let you get away with way more. They love you. They spoil you. They keep your deepest secret from your mom if necessary because they know her better than even you do because they are her sister.
It has been said that aunts give hugs like a mother, keep secrets like a sister, and love like a friend.
Today I’d like to introduce you to my Aunt Barb.
She is my mother’s older sister. We have always been very close, but since the loss of my mother several years ago, she has become my earthly mother.♡ She is the dearest lady I know! Her love for the Lord is like none other. Since the death of her one and only true love and husband, I have had the awesome privilege of watching her love affair with Jesus flourish. He truly has fulfilled her every need. She is the most godly woman I know. She is 87 years old. Her schedule is busier than mine. As I list some of her activities, I’m sure I’ll miss something because there are so many I can’t keep track of them all. But Aunt Barb and God can. 🙂 She lives alone. She still drives. She’s the biggest Oklahoma City Thunder fan there is! She loves Peeps marshmallow candy. She bakes cookies and cakes for every holiday, meeting or event, or ill friend within a 50 mile radius. She participates with Meals on Wheels. She volunteers at St. Francis Hospital delivering baby photos and working in the Children’s Hospital gift shop. She is active in the Ladies Oriental Shrine. She has more friends than Carter’s has liver pills. And by the way, what exactly does that mean? Another day. Another blog. 🙂 She is beyond active in her church. Her latest endeavor in her spare time is she is taking Spanish. She seemed a little discouraged yesterday when I spoke with her because she felt she was just learning words and at her age was worried she wouldn’t be able to speak it. She is absolutely precious!
One evening I was sent home from work due to too much staff, not enough patients. A common hospital scenario. I had slept during the day in preparation for my night shift, so I knew going home and to bed was out of the question. It was 7pm and I was feeling a bit despondent because of my current circumstances in life. I knew just where to go to fix that.
Aunt Barb’ s house!
I surprised her at her door. She did not say what are you doing here. She said come in with welcoming arms and a big smile! We sat on her couch and talked for hours. She got out her bible and read me scripture after scripture to minister to my soul. She wouldn’t be Aunt Barb if she didn’t break bread with me with some sort of drink and treat. It was already into the wee hours of the night. She finally said why don’t you just spend the night? We headed to the bedrooms. She offered me her guest room or to crawl in with her. I wanted the comfort as a small child of my aunt’s loving presence. I slipped into the nightgown she offered me and went to climb into bed.
Well, I have to tell you, what transpired from that moment on will always hold one of the most precious memories in my life! This 87 year old lady puts the R in routine! Her nightly routine is to get ready for bed then she does her exercises on the bed. I had agreed to join her in her nightly ritual. Come on, she’s 87. I’m 55. How hard can this be? We had a 30 minute workout with rolled towels for resistance and everything! It wasn’t a few senior exercises to stay nimble, it was boot camp! I was beyond impressed with her stamina and agility. Next we read our devotionals. Note that word is plural. There were many. And I do mean many. To see the love and devotion she exemplified to her Lord and savior as she read each one aloud for my benefit was priceless. And then, we finished off her routine by getting down on our knees and saying our prayers out loud. On your knees is crucial she gently reminded me. Not a church prayer request was missed. Every political office was included. Every branch of the military was represented. Not a stone was left unturned. Now that lady can pray! At 5 am we crawled into bed. 🙂
So if you ever doubt the elderly can teach the young a thing or two, go spend a night with my Aunt Barb!
I love you, Aunt Barb! ♡
Older women likewise are to be reverent in behavior, not slanderers or slaves to much wine. They are to teach what is good, and so train the young women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled, pure, working at home, kind, and submissive to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be reviled.
Love and laughter,