“The Things Inside Me”: Aunty Sonia

Families and roller coasters are very similar.

Confession:  I have been slacking off on my daily shirealrenee.com post.  I really caught myself this morning when the bf asked me if I posted last night and I responded no.  For the last few nights I have been posting later and later, pretty much the next day if we are being technical about time and not daylight.  I’m not going to make any excuses but I will at least explain myself to anyone out there who actually reads my posts – by the way thanks!

My dear aunt Sonia is getting married and two years ago asked me to be a bridesmaid and I of course said yes.  My aunt Sonia and I are very close, she’s like a big sister, a best friend, a biggest fan, she has the biggest heart; she’s pretty awesome to me.  As my cousin Dareena #teamfitandfab would say, “I love her to pieces.”   However, she has an overwhelmingly big  personality that can chew you up and spit you out enough to make you forget about all her nice qualities.

I said all that to say, her wedding has become the wedding of the century and she has put a spin on bridezilla!  Somehow I have gotten more and more involved each day.  I’m not kidding either, now I am helping make the centerpieces for the tables at the reception.  I had no idea this was a duty of a bridesmaid.  Don’t get me wrong I love my aunt and I am willing to help her with whatever she needs especially for her special day, I’m just saying this isn’t what I had in mind when I signed up for this.  I have been running back and forth to Hartford everyday which by the way is like 45 minutes away from my house.  I feel like I am working for her (lightbulb moment) I am working for her!  Being a bridesmaid is like being an unpaid intern.

The wedding is Sunday so everything has been in overdrive and we are just getting started.   The list of festivities that are lined up for this event is non-stop.  Did I mention my mom is here. She flew in from South Carolina for the wedding, she’ll be here all week. Yes, this is going to be interesting.

Aunty Sonia in my new book of poetry I promise I will be writing about you.


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