Many of you know that besides Mandy, I had another daughter, Katie, who was killed at the age of 6 1/2 by an impaired driver. Most days I get along very well, however there are certain days that I find myself missing her and longing for her. Today is one of those days.
Today Katie would have celebrated her 31st birthday.
Kathleen Alynne was born at 5:29 AM on November 8th 1978. She was two weeks late and I had begun to feel as if I were part elephant. In the delivery room I remember asking the nurse to clean off her hair because the blood made it look red. She laughed at me (She also had red hair) and told me that this was it! My child was a redhead!
Katie was a neat kid and we all loved her. She had a wicked sense of humor, yet was also sensitive and empathetic, which was strange in one so young.
Her loss is bothering me a bit more this year probably due to the fact that I have been feeling angry that we were robbed of so much of her life.
Here is a montage of some of the pictures that I like the best. She was a real joker in front of the camera, almost always had a smile on her little face.
I know one day Katie and I will be together again, and that we will share an eternity, but for today I miss her something fierce!