A little more than 15 years ago, as a city planning consultant, I was introduced to the Kennewick community. Hired from California to work with the community to develop a vision and plan to revitalize Downtown Kennewick, I was fortunate to meet many wonderful people and see firsthand what a community can do to leverage its assets to create positive change.
My precious time with the Kennewick community in the late 1990s influenced me to such a degree that I regularly tell someone one of many inspiring stories from Kennewick. Last weekend, in my 7-year-old son's room, I came across the book entitled Love You Forever -- a book that always causes me to shed a tear and get choked up when I read it.
In essence, the book is about the circle of life and how a mom raises her son and, in turn, how that son cares for his mom in her sunset years. Carol Voss gave me that book in July 1998. Carol was among those who believed in me and who believed in Kennewick's potential. During this season of thankfulness and remembrance, Carol Voss and Kennewick are on my mind and in my heart.
AL ZELINKA, Orange, Calif.