Last winter I drove to Providence, RI full of trepidation and sadness. My incredible Aunt Esther, my maternal grandfather's sister, had pneumonia. I was going to see her to make sure I had the chance to say goodbye.
To everyone's, including her own, surprise, she pulled through. "I saw the pearly gates---and they shut!" she said to us bemusedly. Thus we were able to have the pleasure of gathering together in Providence this summer to celebrate her 99th birthday and the start of her 100th year.
And thus WRNI had the opportunity to take an audio snapshot of my sage, spunky and inspirational great aunt. You can listen to it right here.