Today is the 8th Annual Auntie’s Day! Auntie’s Day was founded by Melanie Notkin, author of Savvy Auntie and The Otherhood. Like Ms. Notkin, I’m proud to say I am an Auntie by blood and through friendship. Being an Aunt has been a wonderful and sometimes trying experience that has given me a deeper capacity to feel and express love. If you’ve never tried to get 2 or more toddlers out of the house and buckled into car seats, I challenge you to do so without losing a small part of your mind. However, nothing feels better than how excited they are to see you when you come for a visit, and yet, nothing feels worse than to see how sad they are when you leave.
My Aunts have had a profound and lasting affect on me. Growing up they encouraged, supported and took care of me like their own. They were Mother figures who made me feel as safe, loved and sometimes as terrified as my Mom could when I misbehaved. Some are no longer with me like my Great Aunts – Nanny Martha, Nanny Carrie D, Aunt Minnie, Aunt Dit and Aunt Maggie; and my Mom’s older sister – Aunt Maxine. Though I’m so blessed to have with me amazing Aunts who still make me feel like a little girl. Happy Auntie’s Day to Beverly Hutcherson, Marie Williams, Dot Brown, Lily Galloway, Airy Dean and on the Mosby side – Aunts Yvonne, Teresa, Joyce, Carolyn, and Gail. I wouldn’t be the woman I am today without all of you.
Most of my Aunts have children of their own, which I do not but that doesn’t lessen the responsibility that they felt for me and that I feel for my nieces and nephews. I just hope and pray that I’m able to pass along those strong values of unconditional love, encouragement and support that all of these wonderful ladies have shown me.
So, whether you’re an Aunt by blood or selection – this day is for you! Be sure to let the “Aunts” in your life know how important they are to you. Give them a shout out on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram using the #AuntiesDay and #HowWeFamily.