|Hit The Rack, Ronnie|
September 8, 2015
Mom came home around 12:30 this afternoon. The break was nice. She spent part of the afternoon browsing for a library book online, and I watched a few more episodes of "The Leftovers", so we didn't spend much time together. Not being "too" together was a good way to transition back to being together.
Didn't do much else today, other than watch TV. Sat outside with Nougat and read a bit. I'm halfway through this book, and I don't really like it, but I keep reading trying to decide whether I want to finish it or not.
Got some sad news today. My cousin Ronnie passed away. Ronnie was the son of my Great Aunt Ro (my mother's father's sister) and Great Uncle Al. They were my favorite great aunt and uncle. He was hilarious, and she was just a nice lady (she's still alive, btw, and I believe near 90)
Ronnie was by far my favorite cousin. (not that I ever really knew many of my cousins....all of which are second or third cousins. I have no first cousins)
Ronnie was older than I am (by 12 years?? I don't know for sure). When I was between the ages of 8 and 11 or so, I had an enormous crush on him.
He was in the Navy, and would sometimes spend a weekend pass at our house (his parents lived upstate, too far to travel for just a weekend). He would be asleep on the living room sofa, and I would bring my best friend (who lived next door) over to ogle him through the front door.
"That's my cousin Ronnie". "He's in the Naaaaaa-vvvvy", I'd swoon.
At bedtime, Brother and I would plead, "Say it, Ronnie!! Say it!!" He would tell us to "Hit the rack!", and Brother and I would dissolve into laughter (and run off to bed, so Ronnie would come up and say goodnight to us)
When Ronnie brought his fiancée, Katie to meet us, I was devastated. Didn't he know he was supposed to wait for ME???
In time, I forgave him. He and Katie had 3 kids, and eventually, they divorced. They both remarried.
Surprisingly, Katie and Mom kept in touch all these years, even though they were only loosely related by marriage, and only for a few years. Mom kept in touch with Aunt Ro, too, (Uncle Al passed away a number of years ago) but now Aunt Ro is in a nursing home, has dementia, and we haven't heard from her since.
Ronnie and Katie's kids didn't keep in touch with Mom, so, it was Katie who called Mom with the news about Ronnie this evening.
I'll always remember him the way I knew him best: as a young man in his early 20's, full of fun.....and pretty damn cute, too....at least to one 8 year old!