I miss Stevie every single day. Some days though, and I don’t know why, it hits me with such force. It’s been almost a year since she passed. It’s cliche, but it feels like ten years and also like just yesterday that I was kissing her amazing lips and acting like a complete fool to get her to show me that grin and hear that stifled giggle. Not a day passes that I don’t think about the ridiculous words that came out of her mouth. Her perfect mouth, remember.
I laugh out loud when I think of the time she told the Costco employee to “get the damn watermelon.” Or when she lectured my cousin by screaming at the top of her lungs, “HEATHER, YOU DON’T DO DRUGS!” (Heather doesn’t use drugs for the record). There is such a long list of Stevie quotes and stories and for that I will be forever thankful.
We are still experiencing all of the firsts without her. This will be the first Halloween trick-or-treating without her. The seconds seem like they might be just as hard though. I suppose there becomes a new normal. I know that the new reality is one in which her memory will forever live. And I know that even though it feels unfair for her to have left this earth so early, we are so lucky to have had her for the time we did. Our family is stronger because of her.
Love you so much Stevie Ann!