In my youth, my beloved cousin Stephanie was an influential stylemaker. I remember some of the best shopping expeditions were during visits with our aunts. Since the aunts had no children, Stef and I got to be their dress-up dolls, and Stef had primo taste for designer apparel and accessories even before hitting her teen years. Being a little sponge, at four years younger than my beautiful cousin, anything Stef thought was cool ... WAS.
Today, she is in critical condition following an automobile accident this week ... an event that is life altering, if not life ending. At this point, we don't know.
And, so memories of our youth come flooding back. She is so far away, and I can't be with her to hold her hand.
Seeing these shoes somehow brings me closer.