It has happened. I am now recognized as the favorite aunt. No doubt it is said to all the aunts out of my earshot. The photos below will demonstrate how intentional I have been to grab the title of 'FAVORITE AUNT'.
This year has been a year of ones. One life well lived that ended in February was celebrated. One high school graduation celebration. One tech school graduation celebration. One 4 year college graduation. One wedding to celebrate in July. One new baby to celebrate in September. In October will be one 90th birthday celebration. All ones. It is a year that celebrates all the seasons of life.
But, I digress. To earn the title of 'favorite aunt' a tradition has been established, that I am surprised to discover a much anticipated tradition by at least one recipient. Gifts of warmth are now provided in a progression.
High school graduation comes with a quill-o of fleece on one side and something wind resistant on the other in the high school colors. It will tolerate anything a dorm can throw at it and will stuff into a pillow to transport in a trunk during the winter for break down safety.
The first post High School degree earns a blanket patched from deconstructed sweatshirts on one side and fleece on the other. It is in tech school or college colors and I am diligent making sure at least one of the sweatshirts used has the school logo. That is not always possible, so occasionally I do have to fully use the zig-zag stitch on my sewing machine to patch and embroider the school logo. This is the warmest blanket, and justly so because it is the one that will get a person through the salad days of their adult life when a sturdy and warm blanket is like hug when one is needed.
The first wedding is a traditional patch work tied blanket.
The first baby is a blanket of whimsy. It is a small blanket well constructed for use and a washer and dryer, but with love and creativity that babies bring out.