Aunt Alice and me when we met in 1990.
Alice lived a live filled with travel and adventure; and everywhere she went, she managed to meet the most remarkable people. Some were no doubt truly remarkable; others had remarkableness thrust upon them by Alice herself. It will forever have been my great fortune to have been one of those people – in the latter camp, of course. I was not and am not remarkable; but in her eyes, I was. I will never quite understand why she chose me; but she did, she chose me to love and adopt as her niece, and it changed my life forever and for better.
Aunt Alice passed away yesterday after several years of living with dementia. I think it was early 2015 when I received my last email from her, her correspondence having already started to become confused and rambling. I’ve missed her these years.