Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Kasey's Heart



My niece Kasey was born when I was a sophomore in high school. She was, and is, a true gift to me. Since I grew up the youngest of five sisters, up to that point no one had every really looked up to me, depended on me, or really saw me as a leader of sorts. That all changed when Kasey came into my life. She was the first to give me that fabled status of Aunt.

All my sisters had left home by the time I reached high school, so the farm was a pretty quiet and lonely place. Luckily, Kathleen (mother of Kasey) lived 20 miles away and so when Kasey was born, I was able to go to the hospital and wait for her arrival. I had to wait until she got home to hold her, but the minute I did, I knew things in my life would never be the same. I was crazy about this brown-eyed beauty and I knew that I was important to her.

I was there for years to watch her as she grew and explored her world. Her eyes would light up when I came in the room. We played and played and played together, and she brought me so much joy. Her gift to me was showing me parts of myself that I never knew existed, that the rest of the world had never brought out.

Now I have thirteen nieces and nephews and every one of them is special to me. Being an aunt is just plain cool. Kasey, herself, now has four nieces and nephews and knows exactly what I am talking about.

One of the hardest parts of moving to California was leaving Kasey. She was around seven or eight when I left. A few years passed when she sent me this heart to hang on my tree. Little does she know how I have treasured it all these years. She stitched the G in counted cross-stitch on this white cloth, but I hope she knows that she stitched herself into my heart when she was born and remains there even now.

26 comments:

Seams Inspired said...

I can just 'hear' the love coming through this post. What a beautiful ornament. Merry Christmas, friend! :o)

BigSis said...

That is so cool. I think big families sound so nice.

Pat said...

I love the tour of ornaments you've been giving us. This is another precious one. The simplest ones are the best, aren't they? I miss my ornaments - they're all packed away!

Out on the prairie said...

Very nicely written and a great share again.I am getting an idea what your tree may look like.

Leah J. Utas said...

You must have the best Christmas tree ever.

Anne Gallagher said...

Oh Betty, what a wonderful post.

Georgina Dollface said...

Yay for Aunties! And nieces! What a lovely post. As someone without bio-kids of my own, the role of Auntie has been one that I cherish and love. This is a lovely tribute to an important family relationship that often gets lost among the noisy din of mommyblogs. Thanks for this! - G

BECKY said...

Beautiful ornament and sweet story! I'm the youngest of four, and became an aunt when I was 8 years old! (I'm nearer in age to my 2 oldest nieces, than to my sisters!)They moved away, though, when I was about 13, so I didn't have very many years "with" them, but we've been close all these years! Thanks for this lovely post, Betty, and Merry Christmas to you!

Coloring Outside the Lines said...

Wonderful memories in your ornaments!

Kathie @ Just a Happy Housewife said...

I feel the same about my niece Abby! have a very Merry Christmas!

Maria@BubblegumandDuctTape said...

what a nice post, I too come from a large family and it's great to have them.

Happy Holidays, may you have a blessed weekend.

Tabor said...

It is often that the young folks do not realize how important any gesture of love it for us.

Brian said...

That is such a special gift with wonderful memories!

Climb2Nowhere said...

That is so sweet. I hope Kasey reads this post!

Jennifer Shirk said...

Aww, you are the nicest person. And I bet you are one cool aunt, too!
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to you!

Hilary said...

I suspect you never miss an opportunity to let her know that. Very sweet.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

She won't forget you Betty!

Old Kitty said...

Awwww you are a lovely Aunt, BB and Kasey is an adorable neice!!! That lovely ornament is truly precious! Take care
x

Ann said...

Another lovely ornament for your tree. And a nice story to go with it.

Ami said...

I keep getting more sentimental the older I get.

It's a gift, actually.
Thanks for the reminder.
:)

Daisy said...

What a lovely post, Betty! Family members are such treasures and enrich our lives. :-)

Ca88andra said...

Lovely post and a good time to think of family!

ds said...

How lovely. Nieces and nephews are very special people. I think Kasey feels exactly the same about you!
Merry Christmas, Betty!

slommler said...

So beautiful!!
Merry Christmas and hugs
SueAnn

Baby Sister said...

Awww that is so sweet. :) I love nieces!!

Shan said...

This is beautiful, BB. Hope you're having a lovely Christmas Eve morning.