At a wedding last week my great-aunt thrust a bundle of photos into my hands to pass along to my uncle, who is 'digitizing' old family photos. I looked through them in our hotel room and enjoyed all the typical photos of parents with children, mothers with babies, children with dogs.
But I got a kick out of Aunt Pauline. Oh, she was a character! I was named after my grandmother, and my grandmother was named after Aunt Pauline, and Aunt Pauline was named after her mother...you get the picture.
Aunt Pauline was a teacher who never married. She passed along her collection of antique books to me, wrote me letters encouraging me to write, and she even wrote and self-published her own book about our family, which is a gem!
Here she is in a sort of midsummer fairy's vibe (not her real hair!)--
and on the back of this photo was written "girls at home dressing up in the boys' soldiers uniforms." My jaw literally dropped!
Thanks to Aunt Pauline for giving me a laugh, once again.