Aunt: (n) the sister of one’s father or mother or the wife of one’s uncle.
I wish I would have known that.
I had some pretty pukey aunts.They would not agree with that, I’m sure, but since they’re dead, I will risk offending their consciousness.
They were picky, they were self-righteous or they were completely disengaged.
I took it personally.
Being a kid, I tried to please them because I heard rumors at school about kids who had great aunts. Matter of fact, the abiding notion was that aunts were nicer than parents, or even grandparents, because they had so little invested in the future of the prodigy.
But my aunts were toads–and I don’t mean good toads. They just kind of sat there and peered at me, waiting for me to be either too loud or unmannerly.
Now that I’m older, I realize that these aunts didn’t have anything against me–they just didn’t like my mom and dad. So they decided to take it out on me.
After all, I was the swill that came from their bog.
I was the offspring of these people who the aunts had found fault with for years, had developed grudges against, and now persisted into the next generation.
I didn’t know this at the time. I thought I was perniciously ugly, fatally stupid or satanically infested.
It’s a good idea, if you happen to be an aunt and you’re pissed off at your sister or brother, to try to work that out with them and not pass the anger onto the kids.
Because in the long run, a good aunt is a treasure.
But a bad aunt would be better off living on the moon.
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