Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Aunt Josie - reposted

Posted by Terry McNichols

I wasn't really even related to "Aunt Josie," but grew to love her dearly when she moved to Bellingham for her final years to be near her niece. She lived in a retirement community and adopted several of her niece's friends as her own support group. Aunt Josie would save up her bingo wins and trade them for meal tickets so that she could invite us to join her for lunch. We had a wonderful time, entertained by the stories she would tell. Here is one that I have saved for years, thinking I'd submit it somewhere, but never getting around to it. Here's to Aunt Josie's spunk!
Aunt Josie and her friend from the retirement home, both in their early 80's, were riding together in a car one day, running errands. While driving, the friend was pulled over by a police officer for speeding. Upon seeing that the driver was not wearing a seatbelt, the officer pointed out that infraction as well, and began writing the ticket.

"Young man!" Josie's friend emphatically began. "Do you have any idea how painful it is to wear a seatbelt over a mastectomy?" The officer turned a brilliant shade of red, apologized, and backed away, declining to write either ticket.

After the officer had left, Aunt Josie exclaimed, "Why I never knew you'd had a mastectomy!" "I didn't say I'd HAD one," her friend replied.

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