Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Bye Bye Jack

My little buddy Jack that I've been babysitting since he was a month old had his last day with me as his babysitter. He just left a few minutes ago and it's hard to imagine my house without him. He's been around most all of Rachel's life and she asks about him a lot. Every time we pass the room where he naps, she says, "Is Jack asleep?" even if it's on a weekend day or some other time than nap time. She'll definitely miss her friend.

A lot has changed over the past couple of years.....


This little guy has been such a blessing. Mike and I were friends with his parents during the last few months of his mom, Mindy's, pregnancy with him. Mindy and I decided that I would keep Jack after she went back to work from maternity leave. I hung out with her on a Thursday night and called to leave a message Friday night and she didn't return my call. I thought that strange because she was usually very good about calling me back. I found out Saturday morning that she'd gone into labor Friday and during her labor had an amniotic fluid embolism and passed away before they could take Jack via c-section. She was one of those kinds of people that EVERYONE loved. She was the sweetest soul on earth. It was my privilege to have been friends with her. And an even bigger privilege to care for the child she never got a chance to meet. That has always been in the back of my mind where Jack has been concerned. I know that if something like that happened to me, I would want only the best caretaker for my child. I've tried to be that for Jack.

And now that he's headed to preschool next week, I can just pray that the ladies that care for him there will love him. I have no doubt they will. I'm sure we'll still see him since they live in the same town, but as we all know, it won't be the same. It's sad for me to think of not getting sweet hugs and kisses from him and hearing him FINALLY start to say things we can understand. I know ultimately this will be a good thing for him, but for today, I'm sad that my little guy has gone. And sad all over again about losing my friend.

4 comments:

Shandra said...

oh my gosh. that is so sad. she is lucky to have had a friend like you to keep him.

heartsjoy said...

wow Jill!! I didn't know you did this!! I heard from other people who were her friends and she sounded precious. I would want a friend like you in that situation! You are such a beautiful person...enjoyed seeing you on Sat.! Anyway, I'm sure you and your cutie girl are going to miss him but that is so amazing that you got to invest in him and their family!

Carbon said...

My heart is just breaking reading that! That is one of the saddest things I've heard in a long while. Jack is so lucky to have you around to take care of him. I hope you are able to tell him one day all the great stories about you taking care of him and how you and his mom were good friends.

iveyfamily said...

I am crying reading this. I think of my kids if something were to happen to me and pray that there would be someone like you to watch after them for me. It is amazing how we have NO control over our lives.