A late Valentine Post...

Yes, this post is late. But in my defense I got home from Connecticut at 2am.

You see, I went there for the wake for my aunt. Francis Ellen Rose, affectionately known as Aunt Ellen in my house, was as much a grandmother as my real grandmother. She was my grandfather's sister, the baby of her family. She was short on stature, but long on all the things that matter... love, strong sense of honor and a woman who enjoyed the abolute respect of those who met her over the years. She was a woman who despite any adversity could tackle anything and do it with determination, love and even a bit of sarcastic humor. This post isn't about sadness, this post is about a celebration of the woman. She was leagues ahead of her time, both her and my grandmother. And I'll miss them both greatly.

But this also leads me to the other reason for posting this as a late Valentine's post. This is for Aunt Ellen and Uncle Fred. They had one of the greatest love stories ever. He tortured her daily with his inciting humor and she retaliated with volleys of loved filled sarcasm. We talked a lot about this at the wake and it was commented that she said they had gotten along so well over the years because they never went to bed mad. I'm sure this was a huge factor, but there was also something about them that always felt right when they were together. They complimented each other in every way and if there was ever a definition of a soulmate it was those two...

So, for Aunt Ellen and Uncle Fred... thank you for the inspiration. May I have even half the love that you experienced in your life.

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