I don’t even know where to start. There are so many things going through my mind right now. But, all I can say is: Happy Birthday aunty. I miss you so much. This would’ve been another year to celebrate with you; your 54th birthday. I think about how things would’ve been and how I would call you today to wish you a happy birthday. But I can’t because you’re gone😓 I just wish you were still alive. I really do. But, things are really different; and you’re no longer with us. As a child, you were my favourite aunty; you probably still are; but I guess you know that. I was just 5 years old when God took you away; but my memories are still intact. You were the best thing that happened to us; if not one of God’s best creation. You were the loveliest and nicest person I have ever known. You were filled with so much joy, love, and happiness; which you shared with everyone you came in contact with. I remember how you always smiled whenever you saw us; and how you’d always take us out and spoil us. I still remember that little brown tablet you usually gave to us; I found out last month, from my mother, that it was actually a drug. I can’t believe that I actally thought that little drug was candy; and I liked it😅. I remember the double decker, the brown sofa, the granite, the glass clock, the flowers, the bunk bed, the bicycle that I never got to ride😅, the beautiful places we saw, the flower vases , the picture of Jesus and his disciples on the last supper, and most importantly, your smile. I try to remember your voice too; but it’s kind of hard. I still have some of your pictures; from when you where just a teenager; your wedding photos, and up till the last picture you took. Most of those pictures are older than I am; but they’ll remain with me forever. You’ve always been so beautiful and so happy. You loved my mother like she was your daughter; although she was your younger sister; and you treated my siblings and I like we were your very own children whenever we visited. My mother said you loved all of us equally; but I know that next to Samuel; you loved my twin and I more😀. If you were here, things would’ve been really different. Now I don’t even know my own cousin; the boy I grew up with; we’re pratically strangers now. Please touch his heart because even you wouldn’t recognize him. He now goes by the name James; and has almost cut off his connection with everyone; his family. He’s the only thing you left behind; and I can’t lose him too. I really miss you aunty!
You were an angel sent from God; and now, you’re resting in His bosom; beside your husband; watching over us. Although God took you away 13 years ago, the short time I got to spend with you was more than enough to make me love you as much as I do. And I’ll cherish every memory I have of you; because you were a second mother to me. I know it’s been a long while since your departure; but it feels like yesterday; and all those memories can’t be erased; even though other people did that; and it’s a huge shame! I thought time would heal the wound and that I would eventually get over your departure; but it’s the complete opposite. I miss you every time an image of you pops into my head. There are days when I wish I could erase those memories so I’ll stop feeling depressed all the time but at the same time, I’m glad I have those memories. It’s so hard not to break down each time I see your face or think about you and your pretty smile.
I never got to tell you goodbye; or tell you how much I loved you. What I would give to see you again; just one more time. I wish things were different though; I wish you were here with us; with your beautiful smile that can light up a dark room and melt any heart; but, things are different. This is my first tribute since your departure; and I’m saying this with all the happiness in the world “I love you; and I miss you, a lot. Till we meet again aunty. Happy Birthday.” You’re up in heaven; but you’ll always remain in our hearts. Always and forever! I guess I’ll stop here because if I don’t, I’ll go on and on because all these memories keep rushing to my head. But you can see the smile on my face; even if I’m trying hard to hold in those tears. You’ll never want to see any of us cry; especially today; so we’ll smile, for you! I love you so much!!
In memory of my amazing aunty:
Mrs Stella Imanyi Aboh
October 19th, 1962 – August 4th, 2003.
With all the love in the world😘
I’ve watched this video like 10 times already; and I keep watching it. Although, it’s not as perfect as I wanted it to be. I had to gather the courage to write this post and make this video without breaking down ever since I started at the beginning of this month. This past week has been hard, but I got through it. I want you to know that I love you so much!! And I miss you!