When Taylor was born I immediately looked at the clock – 8:02 – the same time I was born.
I smiled and said…Yay! That’s my niece!
When I bought her her first pet, a hamster, then all of a sudden she had a guinea pig, then another guinea pig, then a cat, then another cat,
I said…Oh God, That’s definitely my niece!
A while back at Christmas while Taylor was sitting on my best friends lap being tickled, she said “stop Corey stop, I’m gonna pee” of course he didn’t, and she pee’d right on his leg.
I fell out laughing and thought to myself…Ooh, that’s my niece!
When I walked her to school the first day of 2nd grade, everyone thought she was my daughter;
I shook my head and casually said…My niece!
A few months later when she started to dress herself I noticed that her outfits didn’t quite match, this is when I really
…Or maybe, when she begged me to download songs by Avril Lavigne and No Doubt…
…Or when she took a bite of my vegan sausage and asked for another.
I don’t know…
But when I sat last night and decided that coming up here to speak today was going to be way too hard for me, I cried a little and said you know what…That’s my niece!
So here I am.
Taylor Renee Ward
February 23, 1998 - September 3, 2007http://www.outofthedarkness.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=communityWalks.participant&participantID=125182