My "Aunt" Mary isn't really my aunt; she is my mother's best friend. Unfortunately, we don't have relationships with our real aunts and uncles yet, so I am so thankful the Lord gave us Aunt Mary in the meantime. She's like grandparents and aunts and uncles and cousins all rolled into one!
Sadly, Aunt Mary is estranged from many of her loved ones too. She prays for our family, and we pray for her family. We dream of the day when we're all one big happy family together! I've never met Aunt Mary's family, but I feel like "Uncle" Bill and "Uncle" Buddy and all her children and family are ours. And Aunt Mary loves all our cousins, aunts, uncles, and grandparents. She and Ma became great friends before Ma passed away and they prayed together and reconciled. Aunt Mary says to never give up on relationships because the Lord can heal them in a blink.
I've copied Aunt Mary's birthday note below. She doesn't mind because she always tells us to share her notes with everybody. She usually intermixes English with Spanish because she likes to encourage our Spanish studies. She is fluent in Spanish and she loves the Spanish culture. (She also loves bamboo motif for note cards, so if you know where they sell them, please let me know.)
Aunt Mary is poor but she always sends me a birthday dollar even though I tell her not to. She is always generous even in her lack. I love her birthday dollar! She jokes that we shouldn't spend it all in one place.
For this birthday Aunt Mary sent me a recipe for a cake glaze because I don't like too-sweet icing or frosting. She thinks I will love it on a Bundt spice cake made with a whole box of prunes she chops up in coarse chunks. She laughs that people think they are dates or something and get a month's worth of potassium and are none the wiser! I love prunes, and I know I'll love this cake.
Aunt Mary is a holy woman and her love will never cease. The Lord trusts her with daring missions and she sticks her neck out to serve him. She's like a superhero for the Lord and I think she's awesome.
Aunt Mary also recently turned us on to Maurice Ravel's Boléro. I like this one because it is conducted by André Rieu. I've seen him in concert so that makes his version special. Wow @ 3:13!
Christoph Eschenbach's version is, I think, my favorite. It's longer and on two videos, but watch how he conducts with his face! I like the build up of the longer version.
Now watch how Valery Gergiev conducts the London Symphony Orchestra with a toothpick!
Also, here is a link to my Diaryland journal where I wrote a post and posted more of Aunt Mary's cards: