Samantha and Aziza - February 2012
After Aziza died our family stopped smiling. It actually pained me to even see anyone else smiling. I could not imagine ever smiling again. There was only one person about whom I felt differently. Samantha ... Aziza's older sister. It pained me to see her hurting so much. She was the only person that I actually hoped to be able to see a smile on. I worried that she may never smile again. It really felt that way. So much hurt for a teenager who had loved her little sister with every corner of her being. Six weeks have passed without our Aziza.
Thank you, my Lovely Samantha for finding your smile again. I know that the pain is still there. I still see your tears and hear your muffled sobs. I still hear your voice catch when you have an unexpected memory. I still feel your crushed heart in your hugs. But ... I do need to see that smile sometimes.
**The last three photos in this post were taken by a very gifted 15 year old photographer.**