Saturday, January 17, 2009
Some one very special passed away today. She will be missed. (1/17/2009)
On January 19, 2009 we will honor and lay to rest my Aunt. She was my special person --- my friend and confidant. My role model.
Susan Ann was the most beautiful, loving, educated, and down to Earth person I've every know. She did her undergraduate work at Wingate (two years at the the time) and UNC-Greensboro. Her graduate work was done at Coker and UNC- Chapel Hill. Almost fifty years later, my daughter started her own college experiences in the very same dorm she stay in at Chapel Hill. Susan was so proud.
I, as a toddler, gave her the endearing name that we nieces and nephews called her by ---Nan Nan.
My earliest childhood memories were of her and following her around. She had no children of her own, and luckily my parents were willing to share me with her.
Nan Nan taught high school english when I was small and I remember going to school with her a couple of times --- I couldn't have been more than 3 or 4 years old.
She took me to my first movie, Disney's "Lady and the Tramp."
She never thought I could have been old enough to remember, but I do remember one shopping trip in which I spotted a ladies black dress covered with colorful butterflies. It was the most beautiful thing I had ever seen and I wanted her to buy it for me. I am ashamed to say now, but I remember pitching the biggest fit you have ever seen in that store for that dress. I cried and cried ---- she never forgot it. Children were never dressed in black back in those days, and she couldn't under stand why I was so attracted to that color. I don't know how she got me out of that store.
I remember going out in the backyard, in our bathing suits, and laying on a quilt in the sun to get a sun tan. She taught me how to look for shapes in the clouds.
She loved flowers, especially yellow tulips. I remember the tulips she planted near the front door of Grandma's house. She would take me out side, and we would admire them. One year, only one red tulip came up. I remember thinking how special it was. I was in the first grade that year and she said that I came down one day and took her out in the yard. I wanted that tulip. I said, "Nan Nan, my teacher told me to bring one red tulip to class." What a story. I am sure that I took one red tulip with me to class the next day.
She said that some days I would come down to show off my newly acquired ability to read. She said that I sat there and screamed out each word because the teacher had told me to speak up when I read. She said that the house would shake with "Run Sally Run" and
"Go Spot Go". She said that Granddaddy Lacy would howl.
I was such a tomboy and so messy, but she was always so proud of me. I remember her putting books on our heads and we would walk around practicing our posture and being ladies. She rolled my hair and would sneak and put a little make-up on me --- a pinch of rouge and a dab of lipstick. .
The years are filled with so many memories ---- too many to continue here.
I can't image life without her. She enriched my life in so many ways. When I see the color yellow--- yellow butterflies, yellow tulips, and sunshine---I will always think of her.
I love you Nan Nan.