Some leading ladies win Oscars for over-the-top, scene stealing performances, while others win for subtle performances that brilliantly shine. Both roles require passion, but I have always had heart for those who embody the latter. One such leading lady in my family is my Aunt Laura Quasarano.
Aunt Laura came into our family when my cousin Leonard was very young and I believe she was the answer to my Uncle Phil’s prayers in more ways than one. She took on motherhood with grace and over the years she has been a caregiver to not only her three children, but our entire extended family.
I respect Aunt Laura for many reasons, but one act in particular beautifully displays her character. She opened her home to my Grandpa during the last painful years of his life, and with her calming presence created a loving and safe place for him. Though she had to make adjustments to her daily life, she never complained, nor expected any praise. She did it out of love and love alone.
Aunt Laura, thanks for showing me that being a strong person isn’t about having the loudest voice. You’ve taught me that all it requires is a sense of self and the ability to serve others. Know that the role you play every day is truly a tour-de-force performance in the motion picture that is your life.
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