11 Jun

People That I Love

Aunt Paule

Today is my lovely Aunt Paule’s 80th (sorry, the cat’s out of the bag, Auntie) birthday and I thought, what better day to write her “people that I love” post!! But once I decided I was going to write it, I thought…how the heck am I going to put Aunt Paule into words??

She’s such a big, amazing personality.

Aunt Paule and I are technically not related by blood but I feel more connected to her than I do some of my blood relatives! She came into my life through marriage- she’s my ex-stepfather David’s aunt- yes we are one of “those” families: most people need a visual aid to understand all the crazy the connections in our family (to tell you the truth I’m not sure if Brian understands it all to this day).

Some of my favorite qualities about Auntie Paule…

She is the most generous human I know. An example of this- every year for her birthday she takes the  women in the family to the spa for the day! SHE DOES THIS FOR HER BIRTHDAY…backwards, huh? Backwards and amazing if you ask me. This crazy tradition got even crazier when she decided to take us all to Paris (her favorite city) for her 75th birthday! Above and beyond, huh?! It was probably one of the most magical 10 days of my life. The five of us had so much fun playing in Paris- this was the trip I fell in love with all things Parisian.

Aunt Paule is also the most particular person I know. Get her a birthday gift? I think not. It most likely would be something she didn’t like and would have to return. One year I bought her a candle thinking that would be a very “safe” gift. Who doesn’t like candles, right? Well, Aunt Paule doesn’t like scents and sadly that means she doesn’t like candles. She actually looked a tad offended when she opened the box and a scent came wafting out of it. I wasn’t bothered by it though, I respect that she knows what she likes and isn’t afraid to say it!

Aunt Paule is thoughtful and always sends me sweet notes- she is probably the only person who sends me mail anymore and I look forward to them! Aunt Paule is a character- she has been known to interrogate all new boyfriends and girlfriends when they come into the family- I think Brian did very well on his first round. Aunt Paule is wise and always gives me sage advice- the really good kind..the kind that comes from experience and love. Aunt Paule is funny. She started a blog entitled “80 to 80” a few months ago in homage to my blog.

Aunt Paule brings so much to my life. She’s not only my Auntie she’s my friend and I am so thankful that she’s in my life!!

Happy Birthday Auntie Paule. I love you.


11 Responses to “27”

  1. Wendell A. Brown AKA The Brown One Poet June 11, 2012 at 8:57 am #

    Happy Birthday Aunti Paule’ May your life continue to be bless with the beauty of your smile, with the radiance in your eyes, and the love of your beautiful niece. May our God continue to bless all of your days!

    • katemcclafferty June 11, 2012 at 9:07 am #

      That’s so sweet of you to say Wendell!! Thank you. Hope you have a great Monday!!

  2. cravesadventure June 11, 2012 at 10:40 am #

    Beautiful Post – thanks for sharing! Have a Great Day:)

  3. the usual bliss June 11, 2012 at 12:04 pm #

    How sweet! I’d love a gander at her blog!

  4. free penny press June 11, 2012 at 5:39 pm #

    Your Aunt Paule reminds me of my Mom.. how lucky you & I are to have such kind, loving, strong women in our lives….
    Happy Birthday again Aunt Paule..:-)

  5. fivereflections June 11, 2012 at 8:07 pm #

    what a beautiful day!

  6. unfetteredbs June 11, 2012 at 8:35 pm #

    this made me smile.. for this I thank you

  7. questionsonfaith June 13, 2012 at 12:12 pm #

    It’s a privilege when one gets to experience such a relationship as yours & your Aunt Paule’s. That special someone in my life is also not a blood relative, but closer to me than any of my blood relatives. She’s strong, loves unconditionally, is so non-judgmental, & accepts me just the way I am–all the things I want to be for others but fall so short of. I love you Raoma!!

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