Almost two years ago now – and Auntie Helen is still going strong and climbing her mountains.
The flowers remain on the dining room table, as fresh as the day they arrived. The table, however, is empty where there was, only days ago, a cornucopia of never-ending goodies.
The best part about the Malloff reunion (Mom’s side of the family) is the arrival of the clan and everything afterwards. The worst part is when they leave. I get the sense of what it feels like to be “empty-nesters”. Yuck.
Leaving Auntie Helen, Mom’s sister, at Toronto International today was like losing Mom again. The two could not be more different – nor could they be more alike. Nonetheless, it was our clan’s matriarch, Auntie Helen, who brought everyone from across Canada and the US to celebrate our family. This reunion happens once a year but this year was the first when neither my Mom nor Dad were in attendance. Well, at least they…
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