Esther's Roses 2014

Not all of you know my Aunt Esther, but you would have loved her if you did. Of course she would have loved you too. Anytime you see kindness in me, know that a part of it is coming from her.

For the past few years for her birthday I've celebrated my Aunt Esther in a special way. Many of you know about it but I'm sure there's plenty of others that don't. So read on! (or watch the video below from a couple years back)

    My Aunt, Esther Macedo "The Rose Lady"

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    About Aunt Esther

    Esther Macedo, of New Bedford, Massachusetts was born in Pico, Azores, and immigrated to America with her family in 1911. Esther was a volunteer at St. Luke's Hospital, where she delivered coffee to patients. At times she also helped the doctors speak to patients that only knew Portuguese. She was formerly a choir member and soloist at St. John the Baptist Church and Our Lady of the Assumption Church. She always told the best stories. When I was little they seemed so old I could only picture them in black and white. It makes me smile any time I think of her saying my name "PETER!" she would call out to me when I would come visit in the summers. It was as if she opened the biggest present, every time she saw me. It wasn't just me though, every name that came out of her mouth as she greeted people with her hugs echoed how much she loved her family, friends, and neighbors. In her later years, she enjoyed walking from her home on County Street to downtown New Bedford, where she would visit her favorite establishments, Bonnie's Restaurant, Lady Grace and the Peanut Store. She was known to many as the "Rose Lady" because she gave the roses she grew in her garden to her many friends.

    So how do I celebrate her?

    Esther died Monday, Jan. 31, 2005, after a long illness at the age of 100. But each year on her birthday, June 12th, I give out as many roses as her would be her age. This year would have marked her 110th birthday so at least 110 roses will be handed out by me. This year I did things a little differently. I invited others to join me in celebrating Esther. In addition to the roses I give out myself, many more will be given by friends and family around the continent (even a few Canadians are joining in!) so that they can share Esther's roses with those around them.

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    If you like, please fill out any or all of the information below. I won't bother you with emails. Just thought it would be nice to have a record of all the people that got a rose today.
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