Kaitlyn, it’s now 6-11-13, two months since you have been gone. My life will never be the same without you in it; without your bright sunshine you always brought to me. Your whole life all I had to do is think of you and my heart would feel like it swelled up and tears would come to my eyes, just from thinking about you. That’s how special you were. In your 23 years, you brought more joy into our lives, than most people receive in a lifetime. That was your gift to us. In your 23 years, you lived, and you lived well, you lived fully, and I do believe mostly happy.
I will love you forever, and in my heart you will forever be. Everything you did is set in my memory and my memory is long.
Ever since I found this poem you wrote years ago since your death, it always makes me feel like maybe you knew. You knew something we didn’t. Sometimes the brightest and most beautiful flowers are only with us a short time:
“And when it died in the dusk of fading lights and fading colors, you stood in reverence as you do at the funeral of a man who lived well. Shed a tear but smiled in acceptance of a gift you never intended to receive.” – Kaitlyn Elkins