Thursday, October 21, 2010

Asking a Favor

Shortly after I started my blog I introduced my Aunt Vernie to you. She was and is my most special aunt. She has the sweetest spirit of anyone I have ever met.

Shortly after she was born the doctors told my Grandparents that she has Downs Syndrome. As a child one of the highlights of going to Grandpas was that we would get to play with Vernie. She loved playing with her nieces and nephews and was very protective of us. From the time I was a toddler to about 8 years old, she was my best friend, we would play with our dolls, and spend hours coloring, she would read her story books to us and give us rides on her wagon or swing, we would talk and sing and play any game we knew. She was keenly aware of other peoples emotions, crying and laughing with us what ever the situation required.

But then the day came when I could read by myself, and discovered the books had a story completely different from what Vernie had always read to me, and tables turned a bit as I would read the books to her. She didn't seem to mind, but somehow the books got laid aside, and we focused on our dolls and coloring books.


Time went on, and I no longer played with my dolls. I can still see her so plainly, eagerly coming with her dolls when ever I came, and I would tell her I'd rather help her color.

She would look disappointed, but was still happy to spend time coloring together, and so it kept on. I was growing up and gradually leaving my childhood behind. And she could only stand there and watch me go where she could never join me, for she would always live in childhood.

She loved singing and she loved helping me sing around the house when ever we worked together. Her voice was joyfully off key but I didn't mind. Her obvious pleasure in helping us sing is still one of my fondest memories.
I'm sharing all of this because her birthday is coming up soon. She loves getting mail and I would really like to have her mailbox filled with cards.

If anyone would like to send her a birthday card send me an email and I will give her address to you.

26 comments:

  1. You are just SO sweet to do this for her!! I bet she has so much fun opening all the cards ~ count me in. And let us know when the b-day is so the cards get there in time. ♥ P.S. - That story was adorable and those memories will stay with you forever.

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  2. Please send me her address - I'll be happy to send her some mail. My husband works with developmentally delayed adults and we have a special place in our hearts for them.

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  3. please send me her address I'd love to send her a birthday card...ebhcampbell@verizon.net
    My dad's first cousin only one left in his generation in the family has a son who has DS I know how he loves mail.

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  4. For sure I would love to send her a card!

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  5. I would be happy to send her a card.
    this is such a sweet gesture on your part. siliene@aol.com

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  6. I'd love to send her a card! That is so nice of you :) -Amy

    thefieldings@comcast.net

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  7. How sweet! You can email me the addy at lilmicshay@yahoo.com

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  8. I would gladly send her a birthday card. I do a lot of volunteer work with the mentally challenged as well as the physically disabled.
    fluttsi@hotmail.com

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  9. count me in too ,they have a special place in my heart as well,mekinsinger@hotmail,com

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  10. I would be happy to be included in this thoughtful idea also, I just popped an email off to you!

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  11. Yes, count me in! I did this last year also and my teenagers had a ball helping me put this together. By what date should I plan on having it in the mail?
    Alice
    amdamsteegt@gmail.com

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  12. I would love to be included in this.

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  13. Please count me in.
    moma3homeschool(at)gmail(dot)com

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  14. I want to join in....
    lynette355@yahoo.com of crazed mind

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  15. what a wonderful idea from a pretty special niece!
    jrkjd at crcom dot net

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  16. I'd be happy to send her a card.

    bookworm1579@yahoo.com

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  17. Count me in! I love to be a part of fun surprises like this! How sweet of you to do this for her.

    posypockets55@gmail.com

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  18. I'm sending a card -- did I miss the date of her birthday somewhere?

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  19. I'd love to send her a card!! My email is lsbenack@gmail.com Also, please don't post this comment!! :) Kinda don't want my email address posted! When is her birthday? I hope I'm not too late.

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  20. I would love to send her a card! Please count me in if it is not to late...I am more than willing to send her a BeLated one!

    You are very sweet!

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  21. I read about last years "card party" as I was browsing back wards through your blog and was hoping you would do it again this year! I would love to have a niece like you ;-)

    I have sent you an email.

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  22. I am just getting caught up on reading, if I am not to late please send me her address, would love to send a card.
    until next time... nel

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  23. Please send me her address. I'd love to make her happy!

    kkuhn9515@gmail.com

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  24. Am I too late to send a card? I will have the opportunity to buy some special handmade cards next week...I am sure she would enjoy one even if her birthday is past. :)

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  25. Am I too late? Or can I send her a "Hello" card if I am? My email is lmbrownmail@yahoo.com.

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