Dear Aunt Wilhemlemur

Karen Scrimes

Sydney, Australia

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Now if we are letting skeletons out of the closet, I might as well come clean about my dear Aunt Wilhemlemur. The shoebox of old photos that was found recently in the attic and which contained the treasured photo of Great Uncle Leo
also held this early photo of ‘Aunty Lemmy’ as she was fondly called by the family. Even in this youthful image, a hint of the madness that would affect her in her later life could be seen in those eyes.
I fondly recall Sunday visits to her house, where high tea would be served in dainty china cups. The children were always given a plate of Iced Vo-Vo’s and told sternly not to make any crumbs. This was odd, as those tiny dessicated coconut flakes could always be seen in Aunt Lemmy’s moustache. (Yes, she was quite hirsute, and this probably explained the fact that she never married).
I remember that she was very creative, always painting or sculpting in her home studio. Quite the Bohemian, other artists were always coming and going, much to the delight of the gossiping neighbours.
The family always said that I was most like Aunt Lemmy. I was quite chuffed at the comparison, (although I continue to check for stray hairs to this day). I felt that in some small way her artistic talent had been passed on to me, her great niece, but other’s say they were actually referring to the madness part….

If you’re really brave, you might take a look at my Cousin Frank but my Great Uncle Leo was a really cool guy!

Lemur image mine and vintage background found as freestock through google image search.

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