So I'm going to have to give you another sneak peek before my head explodes! But this is the last one, I swear.
"My Aunt Mary is the most wonderful person I've ever known. If you met her, you'd understand why immediately. Warmth and kindness radiate from her like an aura, and when she smiles (and she always smiles, even through tears) she transfers that warmth on to you. It doesn't matter if you've had the worst day of your life. Just being near her is salve on your psychic wounds. When her husband of nearly 30 years passed away, we gathered around her ready to comfort and guide her through this devastating loss. She ended up being our source of comfort instead.
Growing up, I was always the loner, the black sheep of the family. I was painfully shy, and people - even family members - always seemed to mistake it for being aloof and cold. Not Aunt Mary. She always made the extra effort to draw me out, to sit and chat with me when my cousins excluded me from their play. She was - and still is - forever telling me what a great person I am, and only she can convince me of that.
It's no wonder that she excels at her nursing job. I can't think of anyone more suited to the profession. Every patient of hers is treated like family, and so many have come back to the hospital to give her special thanks for the care she's given them. The health problems she's had in recent years are no match for her quiet strength and perseverance and untouchable positive attitude.
She recently celebrated a milestone birthday, and her children threw her a huge party. When she saw me among the guests, she immediately enveloped me in a bone-crushing hug because she knew how difficult it was for me to be there, and she thanked me several times when I went to leave.
I wish I could say that I am just like Aunt Mary, but I think you have to be born with that kind of beautiful soul. I have adapted the old "WWJD (What Would Jesus Do)" slogan and changed it to "WWAMD (What Would Aunt Mary Do)!" When faced with adversity, I call upon her example and strive to handle it with the grace and strength that I know she would. Thank you, Aunt Mary, for simply being you."
- Erica Oldman
Thank you, Erica!
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