Friday, March 28, 2014

March 28th - Martha's Birthday

I don't really know why, but I am reminded today that it is (was?) Martha's birthday.  Perhaps I am getting maudlin in my old age.
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Martha was my aunt, born with Down's Syndrome.  She lived longer than everyone expected, but - in the big scheme of things - not long.  She died before she was 40.
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She taught me a lot about how to be a better person.  To be more patient.
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Sometimes, you want to thank people that you can't.  So it was like that.
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The pictures are kind of funny to me.  Every year, around the tree, we grabbed a present and the cameras came out.  We had to look excited as we posed for pictures when all we wanted to do was tear them open.
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Martha wasn't always great at hiding her impatience :-).
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