It doesn’t matter how old she is, but we are so very thankful for every year she has been in our lives.
Aunt Dot is my Mom’s youngest sister and has always held a special spot in our family and hearts.
She is my aunt, my neighbor, my travel partner, my friend….
One of our family traditions is to present your Christmas gift each year with a poem. I am not sure what we have come to love more ~ the gifts or the poems.
And so today, on Aunt Dot’s birthday, I want to share the poem that Suzi wrote and presented to her a few weeks ago. It sums up our love and appreciation for Aunt Dot in a wonderful way! Happy Birthday Aunt Dot. I love you very much and look forward to many more years of ordinary moments, great adventures and experiencing all life brings to us!
Ode to Dot
We are a family blessed with so much
in ways most families are not
Many have parents and siblings and cousins
but only we have a Tante Beppe Aunt Sister Dot.
What have we done to deserve such treasure?
How could we earn such a gift?
To have one who quietly takes in our humor
and is always the first a finger to lift.
Who reassured our parents when
their children’s choices were distressing;
and rocked our babies when
their crying was depressing.
I don’t know how families survive without her
We certainly would and could not
We would be the richest family in the world
if we could bottle up the recipe for make your-own-Dot.
So how do you honor a person so special?
What kind of gift would be perfect and true?
This was the monumental challenge before me,
until Beppe Dot herself suggested what to do.
The first gift is for her soul, in the form of books
to be given to Living Stones.
The second for her body in the form of soup
to warm her heart and strengthen her bones.
Merry Christmas, Beppe Dot,
Please know we hold you dear.
And wish you joy and peace and health
today and through the year.