Second Time Around
When Krickitt Carpenter lost her memory, her husband vowed to regain her love--and their life--
for the . . .
May 23, 1996
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
LAS VEGAS, N.M. — Krickitt Carpenter perches on her living room couch viewing the wedding videotape
and frowns when she sees the bride and groom exchanging vows.
"It makes me miss her more and more, the girl in the picture," she says. "I wish I knew what she was thinking--
she's just gotten married."
For Krickitt, the radiant bride and happy groom in the video are just familiar-looking strangers, shadows of
people she once knew.
But the people on the videotape are Krickitt and her husband, Kim.
Shortly after their wedding in 1993, Krickitt suffered a severe head injury in a car crash. When she emerged
from a monthlong coma, she no longer knew Kim, having lost all memory of the previous 18 months--
including meeting and marrying her husband.
Kim stuck by her as she struggled to heal, and against all odds, they courted and fell in love again.
On Saturday, Krickitt and Kim will renew their vows in a small log chapel in the mountains of northern New
Mexico. "It'll be like a first wedding, because I don't have a memory of marrying him," says Krickitt, 26, as
she cuddles with her 30-year-old husband, whom she affectionately calls "Kimmer."
"I'm going to be a bawling mess when I walk down the aisle. That's when it's going to hit me, everything that's
happened in the last 2 1/2 years."
They met over the phone in September 1992 when Krisxan "Krickitt" Pappas was a sales rep for an Anaheim
sportswear company. Kim, the baseball coach at New Mexico Highlands University, called about team jackets
and they struck up a phone friendship.
"By January we were probably talking five hours a week," Kim says. Visits back and forth followed, and that
June Kim flew to California to propose.
They married Sept. 18, 1993, and honeymooned in Maui before settling into their new life together in this