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As I contemplate the days events from laying a friend to rest to yet more car repairs, I am reminded that I have way more than most. Many are struggling with health issues, financial issues and worries about their future. As I sit in this memorial, I am reminded and humbled that my problems are minor in comparison. This coin represents hope, kindness and compassion. In a world full of division, small gestures of kindness can unify us.

How do you honor someone who has given so much to everyone around her? You give her wings. Klim was so much to so many different people, but the common thread that weaves us all together is, the love she had for all of us. It didn't matter how busy she was, she always had time for anyone who needed her. While we are devastated that physically she is no longer with us, but her larger than life spirit will carry us until we reunite. This coin represents love, laughter and life. Her twin will hold onto her as long as she is needed, and when she is ready, she will let her continue her journey. Rest easy Klim, your brothers and sisters have the watch.

" Never stop doing the little things for others. Sometimes, those little things occupy the biggest parts if their heart."
My friend receiving this coin understands it's significance and I hope he is reminded of the small gestures that have a ripple effect.
JC, I value our unconventional friendship and look forward to many years of laughter. I am grateful for your "glass half full" mentality to brighten my day in our difficult mission.
Don't lose this coin in a 6PD... 😁

There is a quote that says, "In a world were you can be anything, be kind." This coin represents the impact of a thoughtful, complimentary email following a training. This person is always positive and goes out of his way to help others. His kind words meant so much to me and our Department is a fortunate to have him.

Kindness can find you at a crossroads and steer you in a direction that helps you find peace. At a time when I was ready to walk away from 10 years with DOC, one conversation helped change my path. Finally, after years of frustration, I felt heard, valued and most importantly, appreciated. Kindness has a ripple effect and the person receiving this coin has played a major role in revitalizing our institution. If you have received this coin, please add your story and then pass it on to someone who needs a reminder that they matter and they are important. In an environment that can be stressful, challenging and sometimes dangerous, we need to remember to uplift each other. I would love to see how far this coin can go and stay within our DOC family. Please be safe and take care of each other.
K. DeMond, SCLO

This coin represents, like a butterfly, the stages of us. Together and individually. The result, a true wonder and beautiful marvel of what can happen over time. I look forward to growing old with you and living the best life two souls can as one. Forever and always you are and will always be the love of my life. Love will always be a verb from me. JB2

Sometimes you hear someones story and it reignites your hope that love prevails in the end. This coin represents love, patience and perfect timing. Thank you for allowing me to be a spectator in your journey.

All my best to both of you!

Grief comes in many forms and you can even grieve someone you have never met. I never got to meet the father of the man that I love for reasons only he knows. I wanted to write my thoughts and hope in some way my messages get to him so he knows how much I appreciate his teachings. He raised an amazing man who has lost his way and does not believe in himself. I have loved this man for many years and we often joked it was more like lifetimes. We have known each other for decades but our love is not meant to be….at least in this lifetime. I come to this Barrancas cemetary to pay my respects for closure and to ask you to watch over BWR as he tries to navigate this world without you. I have tried to be there for him, but he simply does not want me in his life. He will forever be branded on me and in my heart. Your son brought me back to life at a time when I had lost all feeling and hope of ever loving another man. For that, I will always be thankful and wish I could do the same for him. I spent several years loving him from a distance and wished I was enough. I have decided to let him go, not because I do not love him, but because I love him enough to let him be happy without my interference. I miss him daily, but know he is better off with me faded into a memory. He misses you so much and I know he is questioning a lot of decisions left for him. Please watch over him and guide him back to living his best life. I will end this with something I wrote for him a few years ago so he knew how much he meant to me. Sadly, I never got to meet you, but want you to know how much I adore and love your son. One day, I hope he can see how absolutely wonderful he really is.
Thank you for your service. May you rest in peace, we have the watch.

"This Man"
Who is this man who has stolen my heart?
25 years and we have yet to part.
We started as friends and maintained that for years,
A trip to the North and the line disappears.
An undeniable connection and mutual respect,
Fate had no doubt we would one day connect.
This man has seen pain and he tries not to dwell,
He uses his humor as part of his shell.
He thinks he can hide it, but I know him too well.
This man is so brave; he’s dedicated to serve,
He’s never been given the praise he deserves.
This man knows the risk when he leaves home each day,
But he straps on his gear and still goes 10-8.
This man is my knight, without the white steed
His badge is his armor and his love’s all I need.
This man’s not alone; it’s him plus two,
The boy is his clone and she’s Punky Boo.
He’s protective of them, and fears they’ll be torn
But, I already love them as if they’re my own.
This man has eyes so blue and so bright,
I’ve often joked, they’re my kryptonite.
Our love is still new, there’s much left to give.
Forever by his side is where I will live.

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