I have been away from my desk for many days. I am broken up. My Aunt left this earth 8 days ago. Her time came too soon. We called her Poont. She was 20 years old when I was born. We were super tight. We got into a lot of trouble together. She was really really funny. She was really really into doing hair and makeup, as a hobby. My mom let her give me my first perm when I was in 7th grade. It hurt bad. "It is Hell to be beautiful" she said. Isn't that the truth.
She spoiled me rotten. I will miss her every day. This snapshot was taken when I was 14. After 4 hours in my backyard with The Poont and her spiral curling iron, I hit the town in a fancy plum and black taffeta party dress and dyed-to-match heels. Our inspiration must have been "Little Bo Peep with a dash of Elvira". The occasion was a dance, not just pizza and a movie at the Lory theater. I still have the gold herringbone necklace. She gave it to me for my 13th birthday... It was all the rage. So were 6 inch bangs.