My sweet Melinda,Sadness engulfs me when I look at the many photos of us holding each other close. Again, I want to feel our arms around each other and how comforting and sweet it was. I try to recall your gentle, lovely voice which I can no longer hear except in my imagination.I am thankful for the 54 years we had together, and I know how much you would have loved and cared for me as I grew older and I too would have loved and cared for you. I miss the appreciation you showed me as your mother. Things were not always perfect, but you saw the best in me, and I am grateful. You had integrity and, as a good nurse and friend, you were appreciated and loved by many. I received over 300 notes of love and appreciation from those who spoke of how much you meant to them. I wrote to all as in turn it meantso much to me.Thank you Melinda for your understanding and compassionate heart and for the years of shared laughter, love and, yes, some sad times. You were a child and adult who not only loved her parents but “honored” the fact thatwe gave you life and cared for you through the years. I am thankful you were not self-absorbed and appreciated the good in others. You gave and not took, and when you received gifts from others you showed true appreciation. The world was made better because of you, my sweet, caring daughter. My mother, and you in turn, signed your letters, “Tenderly.” I will always remember the many letters and cards you signed, “Tenderly, Melinda.” You were my tender-hearted daughter, full of compassion andwarmth and I love you so much.