My sister Carol hosted a 90th birthday party for our Aunt Carolyn yesterday with our immediate family. Aunt Carolyn was my Dad’s sister and to my delight, the women I call God Mother. Aunt Carolyn was always involved in our lives as we grew up. I remember a few summers of my childhood going to spend a week with her and her husband, my Uncle Bob. They had the coolest house. It was so big, at least in my child eyes. The kitchen was huge and I loved the walk-in pantry. The shelves were filled with glass, and baking equipment, and a window inside the pantry with a pretty valence hanging and the sun shining in. There was a nice back yard to play as well, which made it perfect. One of the summers during my visit my aunt was working on a layette for my Cousin Shirley’s bassinet; she was expecting her first child. Aunt Carolyn was a seamstress; and made the most beautiful things. I remember the fabric was yellow gingham and it had lots of ruffles sewn into it. It was so pretty. At 90 my aunt doesn’t do much sewing, but she still does needle point a few hours a day until her eyes get too tired. My beautiful aunt always has a warm smile on her face and laughter in her voice. You feel instantly good when she’s near. Her hands are never idol, she believes in keeping busy, helping, and encouraging others. I have always admired her. I’m so grateful for her presence in my life. When my sister was planning the party, I asked her if I could make the birthday cake. She graciously said yes. I made a lemon cake, the birthday girl’s favorite with a creamy butter-cream frosting. I decorated it with a shell boarder and rosettes going around the top. I’m not a cake decorator, but I sure love trying. I was thrilled to do this cake for this special person in my life, and even more thrilled when after her first bite she smiled and said she loved the cake.
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