Amy’s death a reminder of the value of friends |

Amy’s death a reminder of the value of friends

To the Editor:

I only just met Amy roughly a month ago, at a book club party that turned into more of a sangria night.

In the short amount of time that I was able to get to know her, she touched my life in such a positive way. It’s funny how many people come and go in Grand County, and how many of those same people we meet so briefly touch our hearts forever.

Amy was one of those people to me.

I will remember Amy’s smile, and the way that she seemed to really understand everyone around her. She seemed to have such an appreciation for life, and for the relationships that she was so quickly building with her new friends in Grand County.

We local gals joked with Amy at the book club that it took so long for her to pop up on our “radar” for new girls in the county. We laughed about how everyone knows everyone, and how it really only took a few weeks for us to finally meet her. It’s a testament to the person Amy was, looking back now, how immediately we were all drawn to her genuine character and joy of life. She was a person we all were looking forward to getting to know a little better.

I challenge all of us today to really take the time to acknowledge the special people in our lives, and tell them how much they mean to us. It’s easy to assume that our friends and family know that we love them. But, it’s not until they’re gone that we wish we had just a moment to look into their eyes and say “Thank You” for the special gift that they have given us.

The gift of friendship, companionship, understanding, unconditional love, a shoulder to cry on, a good laugh ” whatever that gift is in your eyes, express it and let them know they are truly appreciated.

To my friends, family and acquaintances in the Valley and around the world, I love you and cherish the gifts that you have brought into my life.

To Amy, I will always carry you in my heart and smile when I remember the gifts you gave me.

Monica Johnson

Proud friend of Amy Gallagher

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