Aunt Anna


Aunt Anna was married to Ma's brother Stanley. Although she was a rather large woman, her most outstanding feature was her voluminous breasts which served not only as soft cushions to comfort the older children but also as a perch on which she would playfully seat and bounce the younger children to squeals of delight.

Since they had no children we were their substitute family and they were loving and generous. As was custom in those early days those with no children were expected to take in boarders and they had two. Since uncle Stanley had a better position than Pa's they also enjoyed a few more luxuries which they were always willing to share.

Aunt Anna's bosom was also a secret hiding plate from which she would miraculously pull forth that needed handkerchief to wipe our runny nose. And like a magician she always seemed to be able to produce pennies from that same site whenever the ice-cream man made his rounds. And if there was an important paper or a large sum of money to be carried what better hiding place?

As kids we competed for the comfort of her lap and bosom and all the good feelings of warmth, love, and security that went with it -to say nothing of the surprises.

In the winter we were a bit more cautious. Between those mountainous breasts she often harbored a medicinal bag of garlic and camphor.

Like grandmother, it was her secret recipe for warding off colds. If you have never snuggled up to a bag of garlic and camphor, I must warn you--it's a most unpleasant experience. In the winter we often eased away from that generous show of affection. Both red-eyed and coughing.