One of my favorite people in the whole world, my auntie Bev, has a birthday today. Except she's not getting any older, because she passed away more than three years ago.
We took so many camping trips when I was young. My dad and her husband (his brother) had matching trucks and campers. And boating trips (they also shared a boat). She was our neighbor (at Mine and Chris' first house) for 10 plus years, and was "Nana" to Grace and Camden. She was so funny (even when she wasn't trying to be). She loved shopping for purses and shoes as much as I do. She was like a mom to me, we really were the best of friends.
Sometimes it literally hits me like a ton of bricks how much I miss her. Like this week while I was shopping at Macy's, browsing the purse department, and remembering how many times we did that together. I even noticed certain styles that I knew she would have liked.
Or when I ran into Bev's sister the other day and was struck by the resemblances between the two. And when her sister saw Charlie she said, "oh, how Bev would have loved Charlie". Because she totally would have. And it makes me so damn sad that he never got to know Nana.