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LETTER: Keep family close to your heart

| January 10, 2024 12:51 PM

Our family has lived in Moses Lake for over 54 years. During that time we have known many wonderful people and families. Many are no longer with us. Sad, but reality.

On Friday, Dec. 29, services were held at the Restore City Church on the peninsula. These services were held for two women of the Valdez family: Rebecca, the mother, grandmother and matriarch of the family, and Esther, the vibrant firecracker, who left this world too soon.

I’ve just realized we have known the Valdez family well for 45 years. Jason, my son, went to school at Peninsula K-high school. My granddaughter Jessie, went the same with Jaylynn, Esther’s daughter. Ten years later, they are still friends.

Without a doubt, the services were one of the most meaningful and moving that I have ever attended. As I sat between Jason and Jessie, I was totally overwhelmed by the music, solos and tributes, especially Pastor Mike Alvarado’s tribute to both women, as he had known them basically his entire life. I had to remember, I had known Michael since he was a little boy playing baseball with Jason. Mikie has certainly found his calling, along with his lovely wife.

While sitting there looking at the Valdez family, all of them, I began to reflect on the importance of family and friends too. I suppose that goes with getting much older — you’ll blink and another year is gone. So take some advice from an old woman: hold your family and friends close to your heart. Be kind and respectful, and do what you can to help. Always give a smile to everyone. Your life will be better.

Never end a phone conversation without saying “I love you” to a family member or friend, as you never know what the future holds.

Joan Green, aka Grandma Green

Moses Lake