Monday, April 16, 2012

I was alone with my Dad shortly before he died.  I confessed that I was sorry for all the stories I had told about Aunt Pearly.  I said, "I know she wasn't all that bad."  Dad thought for a moment and said, "Yes she was." Aunt Pearly had a "nevous condition."  She did, in fact, have a hard life and she complained a lot and expected everyone to do things her way, without question.  At least, that's how I remembered her.  But, in fairness, I also remember that, as far as I know, no one ever challenged her.  We were all content to criticize.  Now I can't help but wonder what her life and the lives of those around her would have been like if someone like Little John's wife had lovingly challenged her.  Just a thought.

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