My cousin Maribeth lost her daughter, Katie, in 1985 in a horrible automobile accident; she wrote about her loss today, beautifully, eloquently, and of course, sadly.
My most vivid memory of Katie, an adorable little red haired girl who loved to laugh, revolves around me trying to change her diaper and not doing a very good job (altho, typically, she just laughed and laughed).
Maribeth sent me a card and a journal last year, and enclosed a picture of Katie and me. It made me smile; that seemed to be Katie’s purpose in life, to make us smile. I’m glad for the time she was on this earth, altho it was far, FAR too short. I’m glad she’s in a better place, but selfishly, I wish she was still here, making me laugh and bringing a smile to my face.