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Eula Mae [Feb. 15th, 2012|11:22 pm]
Beemer
Today I stayed home from work to go to the funeral for my great-aunt, Eula Mae, who died a bit over a week ago at age 88.

I didn't actually know Aunt Eula all that well. I learned things about her at the service, like where she used to work. Sometimes you never think of elderly relatives as having had careers, especially when they were finished before you came on the scene. (I also learned that her pastor may have known her pretty well in some ways, but he definitely didn't see all sides of her. "A spirit of meekness"? Um... no. She was what you would call "a pistol".)

My best memory of her was once, at a family reunion, when I was probably, oh, 7 or 8? She pantsed me. Pants completely down, in front of everyone. And of course I was just absolutely traumatized, and all the grown-ups laughed, and then some other adult suggested that I parlay my upset into personal gain and I was coached into extorting $5 out of her for emotional damages. At the time, it was The Worst Thing Ever, but in retrospect, as an adult? It was hilarious. And the last couple times I saw her at a family reunion we had some good laughs about it.
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[User Picture]From: dcseain
2012-02-16 07:56 am (UTC)
:) Sounds like she was a lot of fun.
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[User Picture]From: drdeleto
2012-02-16 02:16 pm (UTC)
Sorry for your loss, Beemer. Getting pantsed by your great-aunt was something that would have mortified me when I was that age. And also one of those things that probably would have done me a lot of good in the long run toward making me less sensitive.

My grandma did used to put me in headlocks every time I would see her. "What's this?" "A headlock, grandma." "How do you get out of it?" "Elbow them in the stomach." Release.

I think she wanted to make sure in her own way that I could defend myself. No one else in my life has ever put me in a headlock. (Okay, chances are my brother did here and there, but in a brotherly way.)
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[User Picture]From: dr_tectonic
2012-02-16 05:03 pm (UTC)
Getting pantsed by your great-aunt was something that would have mortified me when I was that age. And also one of those things that probably would have done me a lot of good in the long run toward making me less sensitive.

Yes. Precisely.
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[User Picture]From: annlarimer
2012-02-16 05:17 pm (UTC)
Aunt Eula sounds kind of awesome.

I was in dresses at that age, so basically...always pantsed. >.>
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[User Picture]From: quirkstreet
2012-02-16 05:24 pm (UTC)
I kind of wish I'd had an Auntie that cool. Hugs for your loss.
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[User Picture]From: zalena
2012-02-17 03:43 am (UTC)
That's a great story!
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[User Picture]From: goddessdster
2012-02-17 05:19 pm (UTC)
I am cracking up thinking about some old lady seeing your wee self and thinking, "Now that's a boy who needs to be pantsed!" And I wonder, is this something she did, sort of a family hazing?

Either way, I'm sorry you had a loss, but pleased to see you have a "best memory" of her. Those are so important.
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