Dedication: A Christmas Carol Wedding
We all have an aunt that for one reason or another is particularly special to us. For me, it’s Geneva Murphy. My mom’s sister doesn’t live near us, but visits us often – at least once a year. When we’re together, she makes you feel like she takes pleasure in your company, from the youngest of us to the oldest. We often don’t do anything extra special while she’s here. Mostly we sit around, play games, watch television, and talk.
Geneva and I share a love of crafting. She crochets and I knit so often we’ll both be working on a project side by side while watching HGTV. We love visiting craft stores, comparing projects and yarn, and finding new ones for each other to work on. She teases that when she dies, she’s leaving all of her yarn to me.
When I was growing up, she had my siblings and I visit her for a month of summer break a couple of times. She’d make sure that we got to do some fun things – go to water parks, do church activities, etc. – but mostly we just got to be kids.
Once in middle school I decided to hide my report card (I have not lived this down to this day). I don’t know why I thought it was a good idea or why I thought I could get away with it. One day my aunt called me. “Courtney, your mom knows about your report card. You should call her and confess now.” It didn’t keep me from getting in big trouble, but I’ll never forget the feeling of having someone who was trying to help me even though I didn’t deserve it.
Back when I was getting married, Geneva was part owner of a wedding shop. Even though it was located in Iowa while I was in Arizona, she managed to help us get many things at cost – tuxes, invitations, favors, programs, aisle runner, etc. – which helped us so much. She even threw in a couple things that she wanted us to have, but we couldn’t afford.
Everyone needs an aunt like her. Someone who is your friend and confidante, someone who makes you feel loved and accepted, someone who cherishes time with you, someone who makes you feel special. I want to be this kind of aunt to my nieces and nephews. I’m so grateful to have her in my life, and in my children’s lives as well. She’s a very special part of our family.