July Writers of the #TMAT

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Eccentric aunts


Images in the mirror



The July 6  prompt was:   Your most eccentric family member.

Please visit the blogs of brave people who boldly stepped forward…


My most eccentric family member is a cousin, who has spent so many of the past 30 years helping the local refugee population.

My cousin is a woman of great virtue and has this much admired never say die attitude to all she does.

Despite suffering at times the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune, she pushes on in her quest to provide care and education for refugee families.

She stands up to the forces that might bring her down, she seeks assistance wherever she can find it, at one point I remember her saying she didn’t need any more clothing donations as she had nowhere to put it but rather needed cash as she was always short of it.



I suppose there is a difference between eccentric and mad.

I can’t recall anyone ever saying we had a mad person in our family tree, but I bet we did, and it was just hushed up.

As for eccentric, well, I don’t know anyone who actually started hoovering the lawn in the early hours of the morning or wearing odd shoes, though it’s not uncommon to wear odd socks under the guise of they’re all the same colour anyway.

Wearing men’s clothes, having conversations with animals and birds alike (even worse expecting them to respond), removing price labels from everything whether it’s a gift or not, even holding a debate with themselves and losing.

Guess that would be me then.


The Bag Lady

Great Aunt Emma was a summer visitor to our farm in Vermont. She and I played numerous games of Canasta, and I listened to her adventurous stories with wonder. She was intimidating, and fun.

Marrying and moving from Vermont, we visited almost every year. When our firstborn was three months old, we packed him in an infant seat in our 1966 Mustang, between us. 
Tired and hungry, we stopped for dinner where my aunt stayed in a hotel. By this time she could be described as “crotchety”. She reserved seating in the far corner of the room where we were the only occupants. Having poor hearing and eyesight now, she was famous for turning off her hearing aid when the conversation didn’t suit her.



when next month’s TMAT120 begins.