A visit to Aunt Julie’s house was wild times. There were no rules, except one. She needed her afternoon nap, so we had to lie down from one to three till she was done. I thought two hours of enforced bed time would kill me, but we spent the time wisely, playing semi-quietly, tussling with puppies, kittens, turtles, frogs, or lizards, giggling, and building forts. Eventually we’d get around to jumping on the bed and she’d be forced to quiet us with an expletive, a reward in itself since I never got to hear cursing or filthy talk at home.
Aunt Julie’s kids were feral children, with no fashion concerns, styling about in their underwear, or step-ins, as Aunt Julie called them. I embraced this style and would have been a faithful follower, had Mother not shown up and stuck her big nose in my business.
“Don’t you EVER pull that stunt again. (EVER was spoken through clenched teeth for emphasis.). You KNOW better”
i always hated knowing better. “But Aunt Julie….” She cut me off.
“You heard me. Get in the house and get some clothes on right now.” The breeze on my flat chest was just a memory now. Sadly, I went for clothes. Mother was such a downer.