The loss five years ago
Five long years.
That’s how long it’s been since The Legal Genealogist heard that word, said that way, in that voice.
We all have those special names, things someone called us that no-one else did, that we have treasured in our lives.
For me, one of those was being called “darlin’.”
You never ever heard the end G in that word.
Just “darlin’,” in a soft gentle southern drawl.
“Darlin’,” in the soft gentle southern drawl of my mother’s younger sister, my aunt Carol.
Carol… who we lost, five years ago tomorrow.
Carol Rae (Cottrell) Childress. Born 20 December 1931 in Midland County, Texas.1
Carol… whose smile could light up any room.
Carol… who was always smiling… even as the cancer was stealing away her life.
Carol… who never ever, as long as I can remember, ever called me anything but “darlin’.”
Carol… you are missed.
And you will never be forgotten.