Monday, July 14, 2008

Aunt Terrie -- Illinois Vacation Memories 2008

Whenever I get around to writing the book Uncle Eddie asked me to write--Aunt Terrie has a lead role! Aunt Terrie is my mother's slightly older sister. When she was a very little girl Aunt Terrie developed an infection which caused serious heart damage. I was always told the infection tore holes in Aunt Terrie's heart. My mother was born into a life with an older sister who "might" die at any moment! When the girls were about 2 and 5 years old my grandparents moved from Southern Illinois to San Diego California... In order for medical treatment for Aunt Terrie. She had open-heart surgery at the age of 14 and is alleged to have been one of the very first Heart-Lung patients. It's funny how my mother and aunt were raised in California yet chose to return to Illinois to spend the end of their lives... Right where their parents had met, fell in love and started their lives.

It is an ironic twist that the little girl who was supposed to die before the age of 30 years old managed to live longer than both of her parents and return to the place where our family is still so deeply rooted. Mom, and Aunt Terrie both claim they feel "grounded" living in the place of their birth. I guess, it isn't very difficult to understand considering the majority of the people in Mt. Vernon are somehow related to me! Aunt Terrie is living right on the edge of Cousin Richard's Ranch... The corn was doing pretty well considering all the rain this spring and summer. The rule of thumb is that the corn needs to be "Knee-high by the 4th of July." Things looked very good while we were there!

Aunt Terrie spends a little too much time talking to her Chicken's (I was a bit concerned while we were visiting....)

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But, in the end I guess she really isn't that crazy because we were able to welcome three new Chicken's to the family when: Wing, Thigh and Biscuit were Hatched!

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