Saturday, April 12, 2014

Goodbye To Our Helper

We said goodbye to our last babysitter/housekeeper/all-around-helper. We have had many helpers since the stroke, but she has stayed the longest. She knows the good things about our family, and the not-so-good.

She has come most weeks for two-and-a-half years to help with a dizzying list of tasks: walking the kids home across a snowy park; doing the grocery shopping; taking the kids to swimming lessons; preparing snacks for two cranky kids; hugging me when I was crying; doing the laundry; supervising playdates; driving me to appointments; making dinners; watering the plants; taking the kids to museums; washing my daughter's hair; reading aloud to my kids; bringing packages to the post office; putting my daughter to bed; saying "no" to the pleas for more cookies, etc.

We will miss her a lot. My daughter is especially sad: they have a special bond. But I'm getting better, and the kids are growing up.

Thank you so much, Linda.


  1. That last sentence changes the whole game -- from a sad tale of parting with someone who's been crucial to your family to a simple statement of progress made and progress yet to come. Wow -- what a distance you all have traveled!!

    1. Thank you so much Jaylyn for being a supportive reader! It means a lot to me.

  2. aww kids do grow up. And how wonderful that you can write that you are getting better. Special people make a difference. My grandson has had the same respite worker for several years and I know what an important person she is for that whole family.