DARLENE J. MOSES
Guess what, it really happened. I turned 66 on May 13th 2021 and decided to leave the Earth on the same day. This was never the plan; however, it does make remembering a key date in my life much easier. First, thank you to everyone who sent a birthday card. This year you will not receive a personal response. I do apologize for this as I always enjoyed personally thanking everyone. This notification will have to do. Seems like yesterday that I was born in Elmira, NY, by my parents, William and Wilma Fretz. They must have thought one child was not enough, nor was two, as I ended up the middle child, behind my wonderful sister, Vivian (Fretz) Euzent; and my brother, James Fretz. Then as I grew and found my independence, I had two baby boys, Ronald and Chris Moses: grown men now. Within a few blinks came my most cherished family additions, my favorite and only daughter-in-law, Kristin Moses and my incredibly talented and beautiful grandchildren, Madison and Morgan Moses.
Wow! Turning 66 just snuck up on me and then took me away about 30 years too soon. I guess the statement, “I wish there was a way to know you were in the good old days before you left them,” is true. Looking back, those days were filled with great memories with all my family and friends I met throughout life and during the 20 years at the Chemung County Nursing Facility. Hard to believe that we are now the CCNF Golden Girls! If you have read this far, you may be wondering where to send the flowers or donate your hard-earned money. Please, keep the flowers in your garden and save your money. Instead, I only ask that you help me fulfill my goal that was cut short 30 years too soon, helping as many people as I could. Instead of complaining about your neighbors’ grass, mow it for them. When the snow comes, shovel the sidewalks and driveways of the elderly. If your friends need a helping hand, give them two, and when you see a child selling something, buy it from them to teach them how to work hard and earn money. One of my favorite things was to create a Christmas jar. This is super easy. Take an old jar and throughout the year, toss spare change in it. The value will grow to a meaningful amount. On Christmas, identify someone who is in need, put the jar on their doorstep, ring the bell, and run. NEVER tell them you did this. You will make a great memory for them and one for you. Toward the end of June my son, Chris Moses, will have a memorial. Give him a few weeks to figure out where and when. Feel free to reach out to him if you are interested in attending, firstname.lastname@example.org. There will be food, story sharing, and a Christmas Jar to fill. At the end of the memorial, attendees will take the jar to a doorstep, ring the bell and run.