La Patriota Tia Nina

The following was received early this morning by the Bob the Gorila Editorial Board. It is an unedited message from our incredible Great Aunt Nina, Granny’s Mom’s cousin-in-law. Aunt Nina is the fastest 88 year-old on the face of the earth. Among her many achievements is her service as a W.A.C., with her sister, during World War II. She is also a long-time supporter/former leader of the Girls Scouts. To list the rest of her activities, honors, awards, and good deeds would take several entries, so stay tuned for more about our heroe, Aunt Nina.
Here is what she had to say about her first hand experience of the arrival of the former President Gerald Ford’s casket and entourage to Grand Rapids last night; typed all in capital letters as all of Aunt Nina’s correspondence is sent:

I WATCHED THE FORD FAMILY BOARD THE PLANE IN D.C ,, THEN HEADEDDOWNTOWN GRAND RAPIDS… PARKED IN THE WESTMINISTER CHURCH PARKING LOTAND WENT IN AND ASKED TO PARK THERE FOR THE DAY… WALKED MONROE MALL TO THE MUSEUM.. THEY HAD TOLD US THAT THE VETERANSWOULD LINE PEARL STREET… WHEN I GO THERE .. THERE WASN’T A VET INSIGHT…. SO I JUST WALKED ACROSS THE STREET AND STOOD IN DAYS INN YARD..SURROUNDED BY LOTS OF PEOPLE BEHIND A FENCE…. THEN THE BOY SCOUTSMOVED IN.. THINK EVERY SCOUT IN MICHIGAN WAS THERE…. WE WAITED ANDWAITED… WIND WAS BLOWING BUT THE CROWD STOOD CLOSE AND SO I WAS NEVERCOLD….SOME ONE THAT LIVED NEAR THE MUSEUM SAID THAT JUST BEFORE SHELEFT HOME.. THAT THE PLANE WAS 45 MINUTES LATE LEAVING D.C… SOOOOOOOOOOOOO IT WAS AFTER FIVE WHEN THEY ARRIVED…. ABOUT 6… WESTARTED TO MOVE IN FOR THE VIEWING… AGAIN,, THEY TOLD US THE VETS HADBEEN ON THE MICHIGAN ST BRIDGE AND WOULD GO AHEAD OF THE SCOUTS,,,, ANDTHEY DID…. SO I WAS STANDING AT THE EDGE OF THE STREET AND APOLICE OFFICER SAW ME… HAD ON MY LEGION HAT ,WHICH HAS MY WAAC EMBLEMON IT… HE SAID WAIT A MINUTED ,, YOU COME RIGHT IN HERE BETWEEN THESETWO SCOUTS… NOW GUYS TAKE CARD OF HER…. SO FOR AN HOUR OR MOVE WECREPT ALONG TOWARD THE DOOR…. A LOT OF THE SCOUTS DIDN’T HAVE ONJACKETS… SOME WERE VERY COLD BEFORE WE GOT INSIDE… IT WAS VERY QUIETONCE INSIDE… WHILE I WAS WAITING A YOUNG MAN ASKED WHAT THE EMBLEMON MY HAT WAS AND WHY I HAD ON A LEGION HAT… WE EXCHANGED A FEW WORDSAND HE LEFT… IN A FEW MINUTES HEW AS BACK WITH A REPORTER ANDPHOTOGRAPHER.. I HAD SEEN HER ON THE NOON NEWS… WE CHATTED AND SHE SAID IT WOULD BE ON THE EVENING NEWS… NOT SURE IT WAS ,, I WASN’THOME YET… SO THAT WAS MY DAY AND I MET LOTS NICE PEOPLE AND WE ALL AGREEGERRY FORD WAS A NICE MAN…… LOVE TO ALL MOM, NINA ,, AUNT NINA ,,WHATEVER FITS.

Es nuestra tia,

Pepino Orgulloso

5 thoughts on “La Patriota Tia Nina

  1. What a nice tribute to both President Ford and Aunt Nina. Not only is Aunt Nina a symbol of what a women should be, but a mother, wife and citizen.She knows, and shares, more family history than anyone…and she’s a “in-law”. Another of the roles she does so well.She has taught me much and I love her dearly.Thank you Tim.Mum

  2. Wow! The unfolding story of Aunt Nina continues to amaze me. I was able to take in two of the funeral events today. The first was being a part of the crowd along Fulton St. as the President’s hearse made its way to Grace Episcopal Church. It was very moving as a hush fell over the crowd. Cell phones even fell silent. I think the sight of the flag-draped coffin through the back window of the hearse will be one of those “snapshots” that stays forever with me. I also was one of I would guess at least a thousand people who gathered at the Star Theater parking lot to watch the fly-over. It was a good spot to watch from. We could even see the smoke from the 21 gun salute wafting up from downtown. And I got a lump in my throat as that single jet shot off toward the heavens. Sad to say the crowd there was anything but reverent. One last thought, concerning strong women. Several times over the past few days I thought of our dear sister in Christ, Ruth S., who worked on Ford’s campaign. Two of the songs used in the President’s funeral services (including “Amazing Grace” on the bagpipes) were also used at her funeral. God’s blessings upon all who mourn.Peace, Pastora

  3. Thank you for your words, Pastora, especially your thoughts about Ruth, another great woman who has graced our lives. She taught Li’l Talea to say “Bible”. I also remember her great (and at times non-sequeter) commments during bible study.Pep S

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