Going back to 1996 for this one – do you remember Glamour Shots? I’m not sure if they’re around anymore or not, but they were a pretty big deal back in the 80s and 90s. I was always kind of curious about how they’d doll me up, but I never wound up getting any done. My mom and two younger sisters, however, did.
This is my sister Krystan – she would have been fifteen or sixteen in this picture. Stunning, isn’t she? And she had a beautiful personality to match.
Yesterday would have been Krystan’s 33rd birthday, which is why I’m sharing this picture of my beautiful little sister for today’s Throwback Thursday. A car accident took her from us back in 2000, when she was just 18 years old.
As with anyone who’s lost a loved one way too young, I always wonder what her life would be like now. I’m positive she would have had children – she adored my son Jayson (4 years old at the time), and was thrilled that she’d have a new niece or nephew in late fall (my son Dustin, who was born in October 2000). She was attending college to become a special education teacher, and I know she would’ve been amazing at it. I wonder about the lost bond between her and my son Braeden, who didn’t come along until 2005. Given her special love of children with special needs, I imagine she and Braeden would have been very close.