She was born a week later than when the doctor said she would be born
which made her birthday the same day as her Aunt Jeanne’s birthday.
Aunt Jeanne was in her 30’s when her only niece was born.
(Another smart thing is to be an only niece.)
Aunt Jeanne was considered an old maid and lived with Gramma.
So, she spoiled the little girl with chocolates and tea parties,
car rides and showing her off to friends,
and with the most wonderful pj parties at Gramma’s house.
When she went to the little girl’s dance recitals
she sat right up front with the biggest smile on her face.
She took pictures and clapped and did the thumbs up thing.
When Aunt Jeanne met a special man
the first person in the family to meet him was the little girl.
He was so special Aunt Jeanne married him.
The little girl’s Aunt Jeanne was fun and laughed a lot.
She would cry when the little girl cried.
She would listen for as long as it took to hear the whole story.
She was a good tickler.
Aunt Jeanne was not pretty or slender or fashionable.
She was plump with frizzy hair, a space between her front teeth,
thick glasses, and a high squeaky voice.
But the little girl knew, without a doubt, that Aunt Jeanne was beautiful.