On January 19th we were in Glendale for Esperanza's memorial service. The Little Church of the Flowers at Forest Lawn was filled to overflowing. Many of us were dressed in bright colors, to go with all the flowers and honor her memory as a lover of color. Several of us read pieces that we had written, myself, her sister Alicia, her cousin Lida. Clara had composed a slide show from pictures she'd gathered. Monica read a poem that she had written. The Mendoza twins, Carlos and Mauricio sang the song Amigo, as she had asked them to.
The service was beautiful and powerful and Esperanza would have loved it.
Below is the poem that Monica read: