While I was growing up I liked to follow my older brother around. He had a group of friends that he was really close to and they became the equivalent of additional brothers to me. I loved them just as much as my actual brother. They all looked out for me and made sure that no harm came to me.
One of guys’ mom ran an in home day care. She was licensed through the State and it was a great place for a parent to leave their child to be taken care of during the day while they were working. She loved the children as if they were her own. I loved going over there and playing with the kids.
When I first got pregnant with my son, my husband and I both wanted me to stay home with the baby. I had some complications and ended up on bed rest for most of my pregnancy. It was at time we realized that we could not survive on just one income and that I would have to go back to work after I had the baby.
I was a very nervous first time mother. Even before he was born. I refused to go back to work unless my friend’s mom had an opening and could watch our baby. We were in luck and she had an opening and agreed to watch my son. After I had my daughter she watched both of them. Until they were in school that is where they went everyday. After they started school they would still go there during the summer.
My kids loved her. She was another grandmother to them. When they were no longer going over there on a regular basis they would ask me to take them over to visit with her. We loved her and wanted to keep her in our lives.
Yesterday when I got home after a long day, I found that this wonderful, loving and giving woman had passed away. She was dealing with some health issues and had to shut down the daycare a while ago. I’m not sure what actually happened and it really doesn’t matter. The sad truth is that we lost one of the best people I know. I am glad that she was an important part of my children’s lives. She helped to shape them into the people they are today. Her kind and loving nature will be missed.
Although it has been quite some time since we have seen her on a regular basis I still feel the sadness upon our final goodbye.