Every year right before someone's birthday I always think I need to make them some extravagant gift that takes a ton of planning and time. Of course at the last minute. Well in my 'get my butt in gear and observe birthdays' goal this year I thought to myself- I'll plan! I scared myself a little bit though, but totally worth it.
My aunt Deanne turned 60 this year. We live in a time where if you see something you like or want, you just buy it. So buying a gift for someone especially my aunt is difficult. She treats me like royalty and will be there in a blink of an eye if I need her or offer up her house for me to live with her for 10 months. She's incredible. So I always wanted to do a book of our inside jokes for her. We laugh, cry and ponder the world's problems. But after a bit of research, seems she's like that with everyone in her life.
After attending the funeral for my great uncle Ron and hearing the amazing eulogy given by his son, he opened the floor for anyone else to say a few words. This older cowboy stood up and he said 'I would like to share a story, I know there has to be about 3000 stories in here about Ron'. That got me thinking. A book about my stories of Deanne would be cool, but a book with her WHOLE FAMILY would be amazing! Seriously, so many folks don't know that they are loved until it's written in the eulogy. So I did just that. Lots of planning and proding my family to answer the question 'Why do you love Deanne?'
The love that was felt for her was overwhelming. Some gifted with words and others sturggled to find the right words to tell why she was so incredible. I was amazed by what a fabulous woman my aunt is. She is someone to aspire to be for sure!!
I'm going to say it here, I will never do a book for someone who is so outwardly loved again in my life. She is like a living Mother Teresa and I'm lucky to know her.