Two years ago her doctor told the Aunt of the Left, who was bedridden and gravely ill, that she had only a few days to live. Following her lifelong habit of questioning authority, the Aunt of the Left told her doctor that his schedule wouldn't work for her at all, as she needed to live long enough to see President Obama be re-elected.
At the time I didn't know how strongly the A. of the L. felt about President Obama, but I do now: she told me this story, quite cheerfully, a few weeks ago as we sat at her table sharing a pot of tea. She's planning to be up and about on January 21 to watch the televised inauguration ceremonies. I didn't think to ask her if she's changed doctors.