Re-posting this from last year in honor of her special day. Kaity would be 22 today…22 on 2/22. I know her mom, dad, brother and sisters still miss her bright smile. You are all in my prayers today!
She would be 21 today. Kaity lived life to the fullest. It’s cliche to say it. I know. But she did. This whole post will probably be full of cliches…but cliches come from truth and some times they just say it best!
I don’t know of anyone who packed more into a short 17 years of life than my niece, Kaity. She was a beautiful blond girl with a smile that lit a room. She was a star athlete and an elite musician. I think her mom, Sue, must have lived in her minivan for all those years taking her (and her brother Kevin) to practices and rehearsals all over town. I’m sure it felt overwhelming at times. I imagine Sue may have longed for a less active girl at times. But I know she doesn’t regret a single mile she put on her van, in hindsight. She gave a great gift to her daughter. She let her be fully Kaity. She didn’t limit her creativity or her energy and as a result, Kaity lived it up! She wrung every ounce of life out of those 17 years.
She was taken from us too soon in a fluke car accident on a November day. I can’t imagine the pain that her parents and siblings are still dealing with over three years later. I know there’s no way I can understand what they are going through. But in Kaity’s honor, I can learn from her.
I can live each day to the fullest. I can try new things. I can decide not to complain about having to drive my four kids all over town. And I can appreciate each day I have with my family because nothing is guaranteed.
Sue and Kieth, Kevin, Kinsey and Kara…you are in our thoughts and prayers today as your beautiful Kaity celebrates her 21st birthday in heaven. What a party we’ll have when we see her again.
P.S. And Sue (I wish it were in person), Jordanne (Kaity’s Doppelganger) sends you a big hug! Love you!