Aunt Tessie was what would be known as today as a lady of the evening. She had the most outrageous and fun clothes. When Mama and Papa had to take the gypsy cart and go out on the road and leave us they left us with Aunt Tessie.
To keep ourselves busy during the night Toni and I would play dress up in Tessie's clothes.
Tessie was a well versed lady and could sip tea with the finest but under the cloak of darkness Tessie was wild. She taught us how to be ladies and sip champagne with the best.
We miss you Aunt Tessie so much.
Aunt Tessie is the one who inspired me to be the kind of aunt I'm trying to be with Ciera -- the one who wears cheetah dresses and pink feather boas to Walmart, you know? And still gets into a bikini and whizzes down the backyard water slide. The one who bathes Ciera and has to 'splain her tattoos. Aunt Tessie, I LOVE YOU!!! & your legacy of sass, spirit, & imagination!
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