Aunt Jean

Awesome Dudette and Birthday Girl

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Today is my Aunt Jean’s birthday. She is 91. This is a picture of her that I stole off my mother-in-law’s desk.  Actually I didn’t steal it. I asked her if I could have it as I was putting it my purse. Along with some stamps and a brand new tube of lip gloss.  She sighed and said something like, “I suppose” which I took to mean “Yes, please, I want you to have those things.”

This is a government worker ID mug shot of some sort which I think was taken  around 1937.   It had her name on the placard, but I Photoshopped it out because I am so very clever. Plus I don’t want y’all to know her name because then all the internets will show up on her doorstep begging that she be their aunt too and that she make them the best ever cherry cobbler.  No! No I say! You cannot have her, she is my aunt —  mine, mine, mine! And about 53 other cousins. But clearly she likes me the best.

I keep this picture on my desk.  I enjoy looking at it off and on throughout the day because I think Aunt Jean is so pretty. And she inspires me to look more carefully for the goodness in people, to choose words of kindness over criticism, to focus outward and upward.

Happy Birthday Aunt Jean!

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If you are new around here, here are two classic Aunt Jean posts:

Limit Two Protocol

and

It’s Not A Party Without Properly Cleaned Switchplates

23 thoughts on “Awesome Dudette and Birthday Girl

  1. You know how sometimes you look into someone’s eyes and know that they are truly nice….your aunt has those eyes! So does my husband.

    Happy Birthday Aunt Jean!

  2. You are wise to protect her idenity because we all surely would RUN to her house for a helping of cherry cobbler and some sage advice! Who WOULDN’T want her to be “their” Aunt Jean!?!?!

    Happy birthday, AJ. Happy Tuesday, AM.

  3. Happy Birthday, Aunt Jean.

    And I’m glad you clarified that her mugshot was due to building cabins and bridges for the WPA rather than breaking rocks for the state of Mississippi. 🙂

  4. “Actually I didn’t steal it. I asked her if I could have it as I was putting it my purse. Along with some stamps and a brand new tube of lip gloss. She sighed and said something like, “I suppose” which I took to mean “Yes, please, I want you to have those things.””

    Hi-larious. My grandma says those same sorts of things when I steal…er..um…ask.

  5. You all just see the kindness, but even without having read the other posts on Aunt Jean, I see a woman with spunk. That picture, without knowing anything about her, tells a story all its own. And I’ll bet its a pretty interesting story.

  6. Aw, I just lost my Aunt Jeanne this month. She didn’t make the best cobbler ever, but she was my Mom’s best friend and one of the new people still around who’ve known me literally all my life. I’ll definitely miss her! Enjoy your Aunt Jean – you’re so lucky to have her.

  7. Now that my kids are almost all in their 20s (one lingering, but almost) I’ve gone on facebook and had a blast.

    Plus shoulder surgery.

    Anyway, it has been awhile since I’ve popped over to comment rather than reading your posts on RSS through bloglines and omg.

    WHAT A GREAT NEW LOOK. awesome. just fab. I’m settling into splitting time, btw, between Santa Fe and FW…

  8. Awww, I hope your Aunt Jean had a wonderful birthday! She’s the Pepsi/Snickers queen, right? I love those old posts of yours. I can’t believe it’s been so long since I’ve been around. Don’t worry, you can’t get rid of me that easily! I’ll be checking up on you now…

  9. Others have mentioned her kind eyes and spunky eXpression, but I was most taken by in this photo is her hands. Just look at those beautiful, feminine, graceful hands! Happy b-day to your dear Aunt Jean. (In our family tree, it’s spelled Jeanne)

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