My Aunt Nita.. The family calls her Needie.. She passed away about a week or so ago, and I wasn’t able to be there.. But, If I were there, this is what I’d say.
“Aunt Needie.. What can we say about her.. She was a real pisser and had the fire of 10 dragons. I remember when my parents split in 85 or 86, she would make my mom (they’re sisters) well, duh.. u know that. Anyway, she would make her home made sweet rolls. She had a heart… When she wanted you to see it. At the same time, she’d tell you to “go Fuck yourself” in a NY minute!!!! She was the tough one.. And you know what? I’m proud to have been her niece.. lol OMG Peeps.. One time when we were little (all the cousins and Aunts and Uncles would gather at Aunt Bertie’s house) She loved cards.. I remember nights of cards (I think it was TUNK) So much laughter. I was dating a guy from Italy at the time. I remember he was there one night.. They were playing for pennies. Aunt Needie liked him! Especially when he would say “No More Damned Pennies” In his Italian accent. That was a fun time. I remember being really little (probably a card night) I was addressing her.. “Aunt Needie? …. Aunt Needie?…..Aunt Needie?….”Aunt Needie, you’re ignoring me.. she said “well shoudn’t that tell you something?” lmao! It crushed me then, But looking back… That was some funny shit right there.. Anyway.. Aunt Needie..I’m gonna miss you. Love and will think of you often. Your Niece…Tina…..