So one of the main reasons why last week was so hectic is because we lost this wonderful woman:
This is Yeepaw. This picture was taken at my wedding seven years ago. She’s a distant but dear aunt who took terrific care of my babies when they were young.
When I was a new mother starting out, I was still teaching then. I had to find childcare for Princess Cupcake. All of a sudden, I understood how my classroom parents felt and why they were so protective.
My cousin, W, has always been very good about keeping in touch with branches of the family. He always made it a point to call and catch up. Through him, I found out his mum had an in-home daycare business and would take in my daughter. Do you know what a relief that was? To be able to entrust my first baby to ohana and to not have any worry at all about how she was going to be treated?
I am very grateful to Yeepaw (getting teary eyed). My aunt made sure the children in her care ate well. When it was a child’s birthday, this woman would get a fruity sponge cake and make a birthday crown for her to wear:
Yep; that’s the elder stuffin’ her face.
She is even responsible for my girls getting potty-trained. I can’t tell you how much what a blessing that was!
Her service was a full chapel of Buddhist farewell. It was interesting hearing the ancient texts being chanted. It also felt somewhat soothing because I knew my aunt was getting a good and proper send off. It’s sad to know she is no longer physically here, but I know she is resting in peace.