As I was trying to think of things that describe Kristin, one word stood out in my mind that I have used many, many times over the years…busy! Kristin kept herself very busy. She took lessons in gymnastics, tap, jazz, ballet, pointe and lyrical; keyboard, drums and the marimba; she took horseback riding lessons; she had private voice instruction and group voice lessons. Through the years she won many awards in dance competitions, pageants and percussion. It seemed that when she wasn’t learning, she was performing; and when she wasn’t performing, she was teaching.
I would be lying if I didn’t say that there were times that I thought she was too busy. Myself, being a person who generally enjoys being at home, I couldn’t imagine that all this activity could be good for a kid; as a mom, I couldn’t comprehend how Taryn kept Kristin’s schedule straight and found the energy to drive her everywhere. Hindsight has given me a different perspective on this. I think that Kristin lived more and experienced more in fourteen years than many people achieve in decades. Kristin thrived on activity. In spite of her hectic schedule, she still found time to read books, write poetry, and watch her favorite animated movies and Japanimation shows; she still had time to construct the most awesome homework projects and get straight A’s; she still had time to go to church, youth group and camp; she still had time to travel with her family to the east coast, the west coast, and many places in between, and to travel on more cruise ships than I can recall (I’ve never even been on one!) To quote the old cliche, Kristin “lived life to the fullest.” Every day of her life was an adventure…every year a celebration. She had the most incredible birthday parties, but that’s a story in itself that I will tackle another time.
I miss her so much.