These women are my Aunties, and two of them are my mothers. They are arranged by age with the oldest on the far right. The second one on the right is my birth mother, she died when I was just an 18 month old baby after a long bout of cancer. Everyone loved her and missed her terribly. Then I was adopted by the eldest, and taken away to live with my new Mom and Dad. There is only one of these Sullivan girls left, the youngest on the left. She is 13 years older than I am and we grew up more like sisters. The one next to her is the school teacher (one room country school), then the one who liked to be gone, more than anything. I lived until I was three with the ones at home, my Grandpa and Grandma. I still have Valentines from them. I mailed a Valentine today to my "sister/aunty" who is 86 years old and suffering Alzheimers. Her daughter will try to help her understand who sent it. I typed up the verse in the card in big, big letters so I hope she can read it. I grew up loving all these women, they were the funniest bunch in the world and gave me their sense of humor. I can't even begin to tell you how much I miss them.
Now, I am taking a cue from Stella and I want every one in this world for my Valentine. OR I could take a cue from Zkhat the Diva and wish for no Valentines.
Ah, I think I will stick with Stella, only not quite so exciteable in greeting my prospective Valentines.
Cheers and hugs and a few kisses,
Jo, Stella and Zkhat