From my journal dated December 12, 2002:
Alina would have been 21 today. I’m sure this is a tough day for her family.
This morning I was thinking about the surprise birthday party Jason and Hannah planned for Alina when she turned 18. That was so much fun – to so successfully surprise Alina, to have all those kids in our house, to be a just a small part of something that obviously gave Alina such happiness.
In my mind, I can still picture Alina, Jason, Hannah and all the other kids in our home that day – having so much fun together. They were all such good friends. I think I still have the birthday candles from the cake somewhere – chunky, yellow and green number 18.
Happy birthday, Alina. Miss you.
© 2011 Rebecca R. Carney