My Auntie Linda was a woman that loved to make people laugh!
I rarely remember her being serious or “acting her age.” And, especially when it came to her husband, he was super serious with a newspaper in his hands, ready to read the entire thing from front to back.
But because of her high energy and light-hearted humor, she brought out a side of him that I no one else could have.
When Auntie Linda saw Uncle Harold with his newspaper, she would say, “Harrieeee, your such a big drip.” But she would say it in the funniest baby voice. Which only meant one thing, Uncle Harold, or Harrieee, would use his best baby voice to respond.
They got each other!
And I thought that was the cutest thing to witness.
I never knew that married couples joked and called each other pet names. Before spending a couple of weeks at a time with them each summer, marriage in my mind was chaotic, fussy, and would eventually end in divorce.
I’m not saying they were perfect; who is? We all have our flaws, which sometimes make marriage a little complicated.
For instance, one of the things that drove my Auntie crazy was the uncontrollable urge my Uncle Harold had to burp after every meal. Every time he burped, I waited for the ground to shake; shockingly, it never did!
But I thought one day, Oh, it’s going to happen!
However, what did happen was just as entertaining. Uncle Harold would burp, immediately rub his big belly and say, “oh, have mercy, pardon me.” And he would repeat that after every burp!
I would immediately look at my Auntie Lynn, waiting for her reaction, and she would never disappoint. In her baby voice, she would “Ewwwww Harrieee, that’s nasty.” And he would mumble, “OhhhI’msosorryaboutthatbaby.”
So today, here I sit on day three of having the flu, and for some reason, whenever I drink anything, I have to burp. And boy, does it burn when you try not to release it as loud as it should be. But I tell you, if you let that sucka fly, it feels so good, and it’s even more magical if you follow it with an “OhhhI’msosorryaboutthatbaby.”
In Loving Memory of my beautiful Auntie Linda and her wonderful husband, my Uncle Harold.
You could have chosen any blog to read, but you chose mine, and I’m honored!