It was Christmas morning and the elderly lady was all alone. She made a cup of Folgers Coffee and added her 2 teaspoons of Coffee Mate to her cup of coffee. This was her special drink. She allowed herself two cups of Folgers Coffee and 2 teaspoons of Coffee Mate in each cup, every morning. She would not drink any other coffee or use another creamer. Aunt Maggie was set in her ways. It was a comfort drink for her.
Maggie was reminiscing about the day she found out her brother had died of a heart attack. It was fifteen years ago when Sue, her sister -in -law had called from Alaska. Terry and Sue moved to Alaska a year before with their teenage girls. She was very close to Sue and when she got the call that day she wasn’t surprised to get a phone call from Sue. They talked on the phone almost daily. Sue and Maggie had been close since they were kids. They grew up in the small town of Mountain View Missouri, where Maggie had stayed.
“Maggie” it’s Sue.”
“Oh hi , how is everyone?”
“That is why I am calling Maggie” You had better sit down.”
Maggie’s only sibling had died. She was in shock her brother died so young, he was only 50. It was a sudden heart attack. Aunt Maggie flew to Alaska and stayed two weeks. The funeral had been lovely. It was a time of sadness and a nice reunion also. She often thought about those days.
Aunt Maggie had married and divorced twice but couldn’t have any children. Terry and Sue and Maggie all went to school in Mountain View since they were children, Aunt Maggie was a year younger than Terry.
They shared many memories of swimming at the Steel Bridge in Mountain View with laughter and friends as kids and teenagers. In the summer they had picnics every week with hot dogs, hamburgers and potato salad, and iced tea. When Terry and Sue had the girls, Donna and Darlene, Aunt Maggie adored them. They went to the river as often as two or three times a a week. until they moved away as teen-agers. Aunt Maggie was glad Terry and Sue shared the children with her. Those years of taking the girls swimming and on picnics were the best years of Aunt Maggie’s life. She loved them so much! When Terry and Sue moved to Alaska, Aunt Maggie understood the career change for Terry. He was going to make triple his salary. The girls were teenagers and they all adjusted and loved Alaska. It had been a good move for them.
They all loved each other and Aunt Maggie adored the videos they sent through the years. Sue and Aunt Maggie talked often on the phone. She had photos galore of her great nieces and nephews. She longed to see all of them. Something always came up to postpone a trip to Alaska or one they had planned to Mountain View.
Aunt Maggie was sad this Christmas. She just couldn’t shake the depression she felt. Sue and the girls and the three great nieces and two great nephews were precious to her. She would phone later.
When the doorbell rang Aunt Maggie thought maybe one of her friends were stopping by. Sue, Donna and Darlene and the children were all at the door. Surprise they all yelled! Tears flowed as Aunt Maggie hugged them all and cried at the same time. This was going to be the best Christmas Aunt Maggie could remember.