Where do you even start? The first thing that comes to mind is that smile. She could light up a room! Teal always seemed to be smiling. As a toddler, she had an incredible amount of energy. I remember her running in circles in the house for what seemed like an eternity. At the age of 2 or 3 she already had these well defined calves that people work years to develop!!
I missed a big chunk of her life when the family moved to Vegas. However, I did see her twice after the move and I will always cherish those memories. In the Spring of 1999, I visited Vegas and stayed at the Fausetts' for a couple of days. I remember her being in the car when Keith (Dad) picked me up from the airport....she was so grown up and I was so happy she had come along. I remember playing basketball with Keith, Mike (brother), Teal and her friends and I remember her making fun of Keith and I as we tried to play tennis (she learned that from her Mom).
The last time I saw her is when the Fausetts' were in town, probably around 2000. We all went out for pizza. I specifically remember that smile and her sense of humor, which was so much like her Mom's and Dad's.
I will never forget the email from Keith asking me to get ahold of him as soon as possible. We finally got in touch. I remember him telling me that Teal had been in an accident on XMAS night and "didn't make it". I remember thinking "What do you mean, she didn't make it?". I will never forget those words.....it took so long for it to sink in. I remember going for a drive and crying and feeling so helpless. As bad as I felt, I couldn't imagine how Vicki (Mom), Keith, Mike, and all of those who were closer to her felt. I regret not being able to make it to the funeral. It would have been nice to say "goodbye" in person and to hear all of the stories her friends had to tell.
Mike has developed a great website in Teal's memory. She is lucky to have such a great brother. I still think of Teal often.....her picture is on my desk at work. I often wonder what she would be doing now...she would be 21.....finishing up college?? Whatever she would have decided to do, she would have been successful.....and, of course, still smiling!!