The Angels Cried Today

March 5, 2013 at 8:25 am (Personal) (, , , )

It rained yesterday as I drove home to Memphis from Knoxville. I believe the angels were crying tears of joy at the addition of a new angel in Heaven, and tears of sadness in empathy for the pain we feel over the loss of Aunt Hazel. 

Aunt Hazel Then and Now

Some of my fondest memories are of spending countless days and nights at the house in the mountains, at a location aptly named Top O’ the World. The house had a screened in porch across the back, which looked out at the mountains and the valley below.  Aunt Hazel loved to look at the night sky.  We would spend hours just talking and looking at the moon and stars. She taught me how to identify such landmarks as the North Star, the Little and Big Dippers, Orion the Hunter, and more. Frequently, we would head over to Cades Cove with other family members to picnic by a babbling brook, sometimes even sharing our bounty (intentionally or not!) with the bears, raccoons, and skunks. Toasting marshmallows was, and still is, one of my favorite things to do. Back at the house, we would join my other aunts, uncles, and cousins, and play board games such as Trouble, Sorry, and Life, well into the night.

She was a big sports fan, and we loved to talk about Tennessee football and basketball.  I don’t know who I will talk to about our Lady Vols basketball team during March Madness 🙂 The world was a better place with her in it, and I was certainly a better person because of her. I will miss her greatly.

Here’s an early photo along with a more recent one taken in her beloved Cades Cove in the Smoky Mountains.

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