What is an experience you had with your aunt you’ll never forget?

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Mudassir Ali
Feb 27, 2020 01:28 PM 0 Answers
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Mudassir Ali
- Feb 27, 2020 01:28 PM

I have an auntie who is not married and had no children. She loved me very much but unfortunately she migrated to Canada when I was in my teens. It was not until many years later that I had the opportunity to visit her. She was so happy to see me and the feeling was mutual.

She took leave from work for a week and during that time we did so many things together. She wasn’t interested in doing the touristy stuff with me which she said I could do those on my own when she went back to work. I was staying with her for 3 weeks and had plenty of time to myself to do the sightseeing.

Instead she planned the week’s programme having breakfast at home (just the 2 of us); then visiting the market and cooking our own lunches. In the afternoon we did different things like visiting the art gallery, walking in the park, picking fruits in the orchard, taking a stroll through a cemetery, attending an art class etc.

I really had a swell time with her and felt so connected with her. I was reliving the happy times I spent with her as a little boy. She had always been my favourite auntie.

On my last day of the stay, she told me to accompany her for a medical appointment. She let me go into the consultation room with her. The doctor exclaimed that she never looked better and happier. To which, she answered that it was because her favourite nephew was there with her.

It was not until 2 years later that I learnt that she was already diagnosed with cancer and eventually passed on. I did visit her again after that but she was too weak to do the things we did on the previous visit. But I stayed with her for a whole month, preparing her favourite food and eating all the meals with her at home. We watched a lot of movies on TV, listened to her priceless collection of vinyls (most classical and Jazz), we recited poems, did a little bit of gardening (mostly she just sat in a chair and supervised me), took her out on evening strolls in her wheelchair etc. I was really touched by her strength. Not once did she complained of the pain although she frequently asked for her dose of morphine cocktail. Neither did she ever whine about not being to do the many things she would have love to do.

She was a brave woman and I really appreciated spending those times with her.

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