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FAREWELL FOR FLOSSIE
Raindrops keep falling on my head! But that doesn't mean my eyes will soon be turning red, crying's not for me, oh, I'm never gonna stop the rain by complaining...

The rain may fall mainly on the plain in Spain, but here in Lund, it falls EVERYWHERE. And lots of it. It's been pouring since I got to work and no signs of it letting up, according to the solid wall of white above us.

I got the news a couple of days ago that my great-aunt Flossie passed away on Sunday evening. She was 98 years old and apparently had her relatives in stitches until practically the very end. One cousin, while visiting in the hospital earlier that day complimented her on her hairdo, and she replied, "Work of art!" She was a fun lady, always joking and laughing, one of the partying Pangborns. My grandfather had 1 brother and 7 sisters and consequently my extended family on my mother's side is large and spread out over all of America. However, they are, for the most part, still in fairly close contact, and I feel as if I belong to a TIGHT family and a fun one.

Aging reminds me a large conveyor belt. It's only a matter of time for all of us before we reach the drop off.

Goodness, rain makes me morbid.

Anyway, what I wanted to say was that I hope when I go, as I inevitably will some day, I hope it's like Aunt Flossie, surrounded by loved ones, and yukking it up 'til the end.

Rain rain go away, come again some other day...
wet
mood: wet
music: Loey Nelson—Railroad Track


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Well, sorry to hear about Aunt Flossie, and I LOVE that name. I don't think I've ever heard of another Flossie, except one of the twins in The Bobbsey Twins books I read as a child. And hopefully at the end of that conveyer belt, there's a lovely recycling bin waiting!

A recycling bin, what a great idea! :) haha! Good lord, I haven't thought of the Bobbsey Twins books in ages. My favorite was The Bobbsey Twins and the Doodlebug Mystery. Although, I didn't love them as much as Trixie Belden and Nancy Drew and the Boxcar Children :) I've even got the first 6 Boxcar Children books on my YA shelf! :)

Okay, let's see how old you REALLY are! Cherry Ames, Sue Barton, Vickie Barr, Honeybunch Morton, Pollyanna (besides the Disney movie). And I brought with me to Sweden all my All-of-a-Kind Family, Mary Poppins and Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle books.

Never heard of the first 4 or All-of-a-kind Family either, so you MUST be older than me! Read Pollyanna as an adult, but didn't care for it much (loved Anne much better). Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle, on the other hand, rocks! I've got 2 of her books and wish I had them all. Don't think I actually have a copy of Mary Poppins, but have read it (like the movie better though, she's MEAN in the book :)

Okay, I went and checked them out, and I'm not interested in Cherry Ames or Sue Barton or Vickie Barr, but I've added All-of-a-kind Family to my book wishlist :) But I'm coming up completely empty on Honeybunch Morton. Got a title or author for me?

You wouldn't have liked Honeybunch anyway, she was a little girl with a best friend named Freddie, I think, and this little 6 year old solved some mysteries (not murders) all by her clever little self. She was the kind of child Jo March would have loathed. I loved Cherry Ames and Sue Barton myself (early medical ambitions) and Vickie Barr as well, since I liked to fly, but I also read the Dana Girls and Hardy Boys, and remember the books featuring Annette (of Mouse Club fame) and even a few with the Lennon Sisters solving mysteries between songs? All of a Kind Family featured 4 Jewish sisters living in an immigrant neighborhood of New York City around World War I era, and took them from childhood to the oldest growing up and her first beau.

I remember Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle, though I preferred non-fiction, even as a child. I also have a fond place in my heart for Harriet the Spy of the onion and tomato sandwiches, though I couldn't sit through the film.

I've never seen and have no desire to. The books is so great, and I'm afraid no movie could live up to what goes on in Harriet's head.

It was on Swedish tv some months ago. I had to turn it off.

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One thing I know for sure is... that there is absolutely a recycling bin waiting- and what a fun term to use! Aunt Flossie was seeing her family who are already on the other side of the veil and excitedly waiting for the big party they were about to have! :)

She sounded like a real character! I guess that's the key to a long, happy life. I'm sorry for your loss.

Sorry to hear about your Aunt Flossie. Here's hoping for that recyling bin, though. :)

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