In Praise of Aunties (‘Life’s a Journey’ nostalgia Link-Up, week 67)

Welcome to year two of our weekly series of ‘link-up’ Posts which reflect on life’s journey, old memories and family stories (see below for more info).

Always the bridesmaid, never the bride. Aunties. The much-loved but grossly under-celebrated right-hand-man of every family unit.

May I introduce my Aunty Joyce. No, actually, she deserves way more than that……*trumpet fanfare* Thank HEAVEN for Aunty Joyce!

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Throughout my childhood, she was a constant presence. The one who could get away with the sweets, the handstands, and the inappropriate, nay peurile behaviour.

I have nothing but gratitude for her steadfast dedication to the cause of spinster-dom, for every man’s loss was our greedy gain. Throwing seaweed, cheating at cards, uncontrollable shoulder-shaking during the school theatrical production; Aunty Joyce could be heavily relied upon for laughter, silliness and the elongation of the heady days of childhood. What else are Aunties for?!

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I became an Aunty way before I became a mother. I have two incredible nieces (at whom I have done my best to throw much seaweed over the years). It is a most gratifying experience to be loved by a tiny baby that is not yours, and was most certainly  the best transition I could have hoped for between my own childhood and parenthood.

Thank you Aunty Joyce. You are, to all intents and purposes, the very closest thing I have to a Mum these days, and long may it continue.

Thank you Emma & Ellie for letting me practice on you for the last 23 years.

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Tell me about your Aunties. Are you lucky enough to have an inspirational lady like this in your life? Maybe you are an Aunty yourself? How has that affected your life so far, and/or your approach to parenting? Join the Linky or leave a comment. Nostalgia come in all shapes and sizes, so make sure you capture yours.

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More about the Life’s a Journey weekly memories series.

A selection of other posts from this series:-

FIrst day of school memories family stories

Week 2 – Old School Portrait

family stories best friends

Week 4 – Bestest Friends

family stories teenage crush

Week 5 – Teenage Crushes

family stories grease movie

Week 6 – First Movie Memories

family stories cinderella

Week 9 – Favourite Childhood Books

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Week 19 – Becoming a Parent

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Week 25 – Old Boyfriends

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Week 39 – My home town

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16 responses to “In Praise of Aunties (‘Life’s a Journey’ nostalgia Link-Up, week 67)

  1. Beautifully written :)
    I too became an aunty before I was a mum and there is a very strong bond between my niece – who is also my God daughter – and me. x

  2. Love that first photo, what a glamour puss! I was the first to have kids so I didn’t get to be an aunty first but my older sister did and she adored my eldest son, I swear she loves him as much as I do. I’d bet your aunty feels the same way about you.

  3. She sounds like so much fun, your aunty! I have some lovely aunts, but sadly none of them would be seaweed throwers! Think this is something I’ll have to try with my nieces and nephews :)

  4. A beautifully written post. I became an aunt to my husbands nieces and nephews before I became a mum and I have some lovely memories of them all when they were tiny – the oldest is now 20! I had my first child before my sister did, but I love her son and daughter – although I don’t get to see them nearly often enough!

  5. Wonderful post, having moved away from our home country I never really got these types of experiences with my aunts but I try to be the crazy fun aunt to my nephews and nieces :)

  6. I agree with you, aunties are really fabulous. I am thinking of one in particular, who did so much with us. And she now carries on with my own daughters… ;) xx

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