November 24, 2008 at 9:36 pm 6 comments

     C has some pretty cool people in his life. His dearest friend in our last town was Bill, the Jack Russell terrier down the street, so I consider it a big step that people have now made it on his list. On this eve of “Grandperson’s Day” at his school, I would be remiss not to mention his friend Julie. His combination play ABA (so gentle and fun he doesn’t even know he’s doing any work – except perhaps when he’s putting away his laundry with her guidance) and respite provider, she’s been with us now for a year. There’s no words to say how lucky we are to have her; C practically pushes us out the door when she arrives and resents it greatly if she and I try to talk. Julie even ranks above Ga and Pa on the list these days, which is no small feat. I’m not sure how she compares with Uncle T and Aunt J – it could get ugly if we tried to flush that one out.  

     So tomorrow Julie will be C’s date for classroom bingo and Thanksgiving lunch. Most kids will probably bring their grandparents, and I consider it lucky that Ga and Pa are conveniently out of town, because that could’ve gotten ugly too. He practiced in speech group today so he would be all prepared to introduce her to his class. C is still wavering between calling her his “babysitter” or his “special friend,” but truly, neither word covers the love he has for her.

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Dear Grandmother from the park: I guess 3rd isn’t so bad

6 Comments Add your own

  • 1. julie  |  November 24, 2008 at 11:08 pm

    I am close to tears ! I am honored and wish i had your gift for words at this moment ….. ok,,have to go to bed now to be fresh for my big day tomorrow !!! oxox

  • 2. Mama Mara  |  November 25, 2008 at 8:31 am

    Yay Julie!

    Do you, like, have a sister in the midwest who makes housecalls?

  • 3. pixiemama  |  November 25, 2008 at 11:47 am

    It’s a truly amazing thing when someone embraces our kids for EXACTLY WHO THEY ARE. They really make up for the nasty grannies at the park.

  • 4. jesch  |  November 25, 2008 at 7:13 pm

    Julie is remarkable. If we are supplanted, I’d totally understand… then mount a mighty offensive.

  • 5. therocchronicles  |  November 26, 2008 at 7:00 am

    how wonderful! I hope it went well and he had fun!

  • 6. robinaltman  |  November 26, 2008 at 12:18 pm

    I’m on pixiemama’s wavelength. I was thinking, “Ha! Take that, cranky park granny!”


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