On Saturday, May 19, 2007 the world lost a beautiful person; Geni Aston Hugeunin.
I met Geni in 1999 when my uncle and her mom began dating. I loved her instantly she was so bubbly, happy and just beautiful person inside and out. When I was getting married I asked her to be one of my brides maids. She was surprised and told me "But I'm not really your cousin." I told her that was ridiculous: "Just because we are not related by blood doesn't mean you're not my family. You are my cousin in every sense of the word." My uncle and her mom got divorced before I got married so Geni told me that she felt she shouldn't be in the wedding because she didn't want it to be awkward. I tried to talk her into staying because she was still family to me and she would always be my cousin no matter what happened. She still felt it best to not be in the wedding.
When I learned on Sunday of her tragic death I was shocked and I still am. I just can't believe she's gone. We haven't talked for years, but for some reason on Saturday I started recalling times we spent together: horseback riding, the Del Mar Fair, the jokes and laughter we shared. It was almost as if my heart knew.
I love and will miss you so much Geni. So many people will miss your beautiful spirit. I will take comfort in knowing that the sky will be brighter tonight and every night because your star is shining so brightly.