On September 9th, we were one less: Jake’s Aunt Lauri lost her long battle with cancer.
I only had the pleasure of meeting Aunt Lauri once– in the two weeks that Jake and I visited California last summer, one of which was spent in grand family reunion fashion in an old, old wonderful cabin in Pacific Grove. However, my impression of her greatness of character, her substantial warmth and joy was immense. Auntie L would wake up before anyone and bring back big white boxes full of pastries so when we all crowded around the dining room table we wouldn’t just have breakfast; we would have something extra. Mornings were foggy, sweaters and coffee and croissants and colorful fruit and all of us laughing and loving and together. I think this is the role of aunts, to bring something extra, to fill in the gaps of the non-essential. From these exchanges, richness of life is celebrated, examined.
Auntie L was joyful, loving, and her strength of spirit remains with us. You may remember her from her several poetic blog contributions, including the image of her roommates at the top of this post. Mormor wrote,
Her kitties miss her very much. We’re so glad she had them. They will return to the “no kill” sanctuary where she adopted them. If you wish to make a memorial donation, please send a note and check designating “In Memory of Lauri Brocchini”. They will send an acknowledgement. Lauri asked that donations go to:
AFRP (Animal Friends Rescue Project)
P.O. Box 51083
Pacific Grove CA 93950
If you are a person who finds yourself looking for a charity, if you are an animal lover or if you believe that we are all connected, that the warmth of a person’s life is worth celebrating, whether you knew them or not, I encourage you to donate to AFRP.
With love for all.