I've been spending a lot of time in Brooklyn. My aunt is having health issues and I have been visiting her to renew our relationship and to help put some things in order.
She is the last of all my aunts and uncles on my Mother's side of the family. She's also my Godmother. When I was growing up we lived around the corner from each other and I spent more time at her house than I did at home.
In more recent years we have had an up and down relationship due to some very deep philosophical differences in the way we view the entire universe as well as the drama brought on by an exceptionally dysfunctional family on all sides.
Crazy crosses all blood lines.
Yet each day brings us all the opportunity to start again. To find tolerance and understanding and love.
When I found out that she was ill I decided to take a deep breath and reach out to repair our relationship. I'm also spending more time with her daughter - a special needs adult who lives with her.
I've been taking lots of photos of the old neighborhood and memories are flooding back. I'll be sharing some photos and stories in the days to come.
Speaking of busy ...
Hope was out shopping with her Mom and decided she needed a cart of her own.
And on we go ...