I may have lied a teeny bit. I told you guys that I was back to blogging and then I wrote nothing. The truth is that I finished Xenoblade (after 138 hours!!) and started right back into Kingdom Hearts. I totally love this game let me tell you. I have finished 1 and 1.5 and am now on KH2. This game has totally taken over my life as well (I have downloaded so many songs from it and Xenoblade. Freaking Yoko Shimomura rules). I am not disappointed in myself either because during school I don’t have much time to play video games.
Anyway, I am now at my grandparents’ house where the console is unavailable and I decided to get back to it since next week is my last week of break.
I really love my grandparents’ house. It is totally classy and cool because they built it themselves. I am also able to sleep really early here for some reason, which I really need since I have terrible sleeping habits. My sister and I also always joke about how this small Kansas town has no young people because we never see any. Whenever our friends say they know someone from here we laugh and say, “There are young people here?”
Don’t worry, I am getting to the title of this post. Whenever I visit my grandparents I also see my great aunt Doris. We just call her Aunt Doris or Aunt Doe, and she is the coolest lady ever. She is in her upper 70′s, but doesn’t seem a day over 50 to me. She is energetic and her mind is completely there (she also has like no gray hair for some reason). Anyway, Aunt Doris always makes me think about romance.
I am totally infatuated with the crazy romances of TV and books, but there is something truly special about the real life thing. My Aunt Doris was married to my Uncle Leland before he died about two years ago. They had always been married when I knew them, yet I didn’t really find out about how great their relationship was until he was gone.
My Uncle Leland was a handyman, farmer, and jack of all trades. He met Aunt Doris when she was working as a secretary in The Plaza in Kansas City. He always fixed everything around their farmhouse and told dirty jokes to the kids when Aunt Doris wasn’t listening. The two travelled to all 50 states together just because they wanted to, and even near his later years when he wasn’t all there, they were inseparable.
What really struck me was a story Aunt Doe told me today. We were shopping in Salina, which is something they used to do together a lot. She told me that Uncle Leland really liked to drive and loved to take her shopping. He would go wherever she wanted to go and didn’t get impatient or grumpy. She said that if she couldn’t find something, he would always say that they could just drive all the way to KC to get it.
That story just filled my heart with joy. My uncle would drive Aunt Doe another 3 hours out of the way just to let her get the thing she wanted. He didn’t mind shopping because he loved to be around her so much. It is times like these when I really miss him. I am also so happy for Aunt Doris. She is still sad, but she never lost her pep. She talks about him with fondness and happiness.
I think that these two really show a strong relationship. A relationship that is something special. And when my uncle was gone, he didn’t leave my aunt broken. She has the memories and happy thoughts to keep her going. In the end, despite all the grand romantic gestures and wonders of books and movies, all I really want is something that special. A person who likes being with me that much. And I have to believe that we can all be as happy as Aunt Doe and Uncle Leland if we find the right person. Sometimes it’s just nice to see a truly simple and classic love story of some people born in the early 1900s. We can always learn new things from our relatives.