My year hasn't started as planned at all.
My aunt (who was also my godmother) passed away late last week. This was pretty shocking and unexpected. And I still feel a bit stunned, and very sad. She was always very generous to me - I always got a card for my birthday and a little something for Christmas. One year she gave me a gorgeous little teddy bear (I love teddy bears). He had the sweetest green overalls on. Sadly, I was a kid and I have no idea what ever happened to that bear, but I did love it! I even wrote a little story about him for school once! Every so often, as a nice surprise she would leave things with my mom for my kids. And she, like me, was a talker! She could talk and talk for hours (actually I think pretty much all the females on my mom's side of the family are like this. And it's where I got it from!).
I'm thankful for the memories I have to hold on to, but I will miss her.