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Friday, July 20, 2012

♥ My Aunt Lillian

I have NO idea where I got this picture.
I stole it from someone because  it looks JUST LIKE a table in my
AUNT LILLIAN'S living room....
...over there.....
by those windows where the light poured in, giving her the natural light
she loved when she was painting




Aunt Lillian was my mother's older sister.
They lived in a little town in East Texas...
CORLEY, on a sharecroppers farm.

The family was about as poor as you could possibly get.

Aunt Lillian went to Dallas when she graduated from high school
and became a nurse.

 She wore STARCHED, white nurses uniforms, snow white nursing shoes and hose and the cutest STARCHED, cotton nursing cap.

When she would be all ready to go to work at the hospital, I could hear her walking down our hall, her starched self just swishing.

She was so talented in so many ways...

could decorate a room right off the map...
cook like nobody's business...
write stories..she should have written a book....awesome imagination....

and PAINT
O how she could paint.

She didn't paint too many pictures and I gave mine to her BO.....his treasures.

She never had children of her own.
My mother wrote in my BABY BOOK that she was
"afraid Lillian is going to steal my baby girl away".....
Aunt Lillian was a second mother to me and spoiled me rotten.
She adopted a little boy named ORA DORMAN but she started right off calling him
BO
and BO it is to this very day.

My Aunt Lillian died many years ago at the young age of 59.
Heart !

I still miss her so much. She was a huge part of my life and when you love someone so much.....
and are lucky enough that they love you right back, you NEVER get over wishing they were right beside you.........this very minute.

I hope you all have a very
PINK SATURDAY

xoxo bj

30 comments:

TexWisGirl said...

are you back from vacation, dear girlie? :)

your aunt sounds like a wonderful person.

Linda Chapman said...

What an amazing post! You were blessed to have such an aunt. I LOVE the pic you used!

Ceekay-THINKIN of HOME/Doublewide Decor said...

How sweet...I have an Aunt Barbara...she is still here but my Uncle died 5 years ago... I miss him so very much.

chubskulit said...

Lovely! Happy Pink Saturday and have a nice weekend.

My PINK

Terra said...

Your aunt sounds like a dear woman, and how sad you lost her at such a young age.

Love Of Quilts said...

I had an Aunt I felt that way about too..she didn't paint but she did quilt.

Sall's Country Life said...

My mother had an aunt named Lilian I remember taking a special expensive sidetrip to visit her on our way to California (I was 10 or so). She wasn't a nurse but my mother worked in the hospital and I have vivid memories of the nurses in their starched white uniforms, hats, and white nylons. It seems your Aunt Lilian has sparked all kinds of memories this evening! Thanks for sharing and I shall go to bed dreaming of childhood memories! Blessings to you!!

Abramyan Avenue said...

I absolutely LOVE this post! You're aunt sounds like a wonderful, wonderful lady! My mother also loved to draw. I have some of her pieces here and I gave one to my brother. I loved seeing that coffee mug full of brushes. I have Mom's here from her house. It's full of all her art pencils. I warned my girls not to touch it! Lol..
Thank you for sharing a bit of your aunt with us!
Have a great weekend!
-april

Kathleen Grace said...

Your Aunt was clearly a wonderful woman who left a great legacy in her love toward you, her son and others . How wonderful to be remembered with such fondness. It speaks loudly for the kind of person she must have been:>)

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

BJ, what a tender story. And what a blessing to have someone so special in your life.
Your images are gorgeous!

Patty Patterson said...

Comments are OPEN! You must be back. It looked like you had a wonderful vacation. I just loved all of the grand kid pictures, the fishing and the pink chair. Glad to have you back, though.

Debbie said...

Well, first WELCOME BACK! I have really enjoyed reading all of your vacation posts. I can tell you had a great time.

Your aunt sounds like a wonderful person and much like my own Aunt Evie. She died at 59 too, and you are right that you NEVER get over wanting them with you. We were just talking about her at my mom's house this week, in fact.

Stephanie said...

Aunts are special and you had a great relationship with yours. You were both blessed. The name Lillian is so pretty - not a name you hear often.

Vee said...

My daughter is such an aunt...

When you write about people, you bring them to life. I can see her and even hear her walking down the hall. You lost her much too soon. Yes, you're right, when we've loved someone we can never really let them go.

Jojo said...

Such a sweet memory shared and what a precious gift to have been given. Not everyone is so lucky to have a talented aunt who shared her gifts with you.

Beverly said...

Happy Pink Saturday to you, dear BJ.

Thank you for sharing this love story about your Aunt Lillian.♥

Theresa said...

Sweet memories of your Sweet Second Mama:) Precious memories, how they linger....

Have a blessed day dear BJ, hugs!

Pondside said...

Precious memories of your Aunt Lillian - such a pretty name that belongs, as well, to two of the dearest women in my life.

Sarah said...

Such a sweet, touching post, BJ. I had an Aunt Lillian too. ;-) She was an amazing lady and among her many talents was an accomplished artist.

"Auntie" sezzzzzz... said...

Precious post, Dear One...

Welcome back from vacation!!!

Hope you are rested and ready for the rest of the summer!

"I don't ask for the meaning of the song of a bird or the rising of the sun on a misty morning. There they are, and they are beautiful."
~Pete Hamill

Beth said...

What a lovely tribute to your Aunt Lillian. I have enjoyed your vacation stories and pictures too.
Hugs and blessings, Beth

Gina said...

Sounds like your aunt was one heck of an amazing lady!

Madeline's Album said...

Lovely post BJ, your aunt sounds like she was a wonderful and talented person. I enjoy all your vacation post and am so glad you are back safe and sound. Have a blessed day. Madeline

LV said...

Welcome back. You definitely have some interesting people and family in your life. I really enjoyed this story.

On Crooked Creek said...

BJ,
A HUGE welcome back,dear friend!!!
Your story of Aunt Lillian is precious!!! Both of my MoMa's sisters were very dear to me...but the one I loved dearly, who loved me back was MoMa's mother...my Grandmother Ford!!! I shared that with you because I know you have grands and how much you love them...dearly!!! So~o~o good to know you're home and safe and had a wonderful time fishing!!! You've been missed, dear friend!!!
Fondly,
Pat

Judi said...

Hi BJ *hugs*
Your aunt sounds wonderful and had a lovely influence and gave you many memories. She passed way to early....
have a wonderful weekend.
Judi

Gayla said...

Oh, I love this post. So very true...

While comments were off, I saw this post on Art@Home blog and thought of you!

http://ricki-treleaven.blogspot.com/2012/07/mackenzie-childs-farmhouse-tour-second.html


Then if you just refresh that blog, she also shared the cute things she bought there!

Love your blog.

eJoops said...

So pretty and delightful! Visiting from Pink Saturday.

Pink Slushy Magic, come and see.

Robyn said...

you are so fortunate to have had your amazing Aunt be in your life in such a big way! So glad she adopted and left you with fond memories!
Thanks so much for sharing and hope you are having a FUN Pink Saturday!

RobinfromCA said...

Thank you for sharing the story of your Aunt Lillian. It's so important for us to preserve the memories of those who have gone before us to give our families a sense of where they come from. What a blessing to have her in your life.