Sunday, August 17, 2008

Bye Bye Emma Jane....and thank you....

Emma Jane left today. Uncle Eli came from Ohio a couple of days ago to take his sweet niece home to her family. We had her for six weeks. She left looking beautifully healthy and nourished and happy and safe and full of fun experiences and memories. Her aunt, Emily (Aunt Sis) was on the errand of angels the entire time. Emma left with two bags of new clothes, but she also took home something more important. She learned how to pray, ask blessings over her food, and over the heads of her loved ones in the evening. She learned that it's possible to not ever have to worry about "bad people" and that strangers can be friendly for no reason whatsoever. These are things she learned from her Aunt Sis and her cousins, Mae and Clarkie. She felt appreciated for her patience...a trait she inherited from her mother who was also the child without guile...who never saw the "cover of the book" but only the truth of the pages and treated everyone with value. Bravo Mom. And a big thank you to Stephanie Jette for all that she did and sacrificed to make this trip possible for Emma Jane. Well done again honey.

I didn't think it would be this empty when she left. I have my life to fill up again with grown up things; meetings, dates and appointments. They all came rushing back when Emma left town. But I already miss that little high voice and that pretty porcelain skin and her pretty green eyes and her good attitude and willingness to help. I miss you Emma Jane and look forward to seeing you next summer with your Mom....and remember, you get all of my shooting star wishes forever more....I'll let you know when I see one so you can make your wish....I know a nice wish....moving to California.....ooooooo.....low blow....





2 comments:

hi, i'm nancy! said...

a clinical social worker at children's hospital that i know (me!) says, "why can't more kids have extended families like this?"

when my colleagues and i suggest to overwrought,frustrated, resource-challenged moms and dads that they need to identify someone in the family who can help them, the answer is invariably (and usually not truthfully) the same old - "oh no, there's no one." or "nope, everyone in my family has their own children and their own lives and besides, they live too far away - in dayton. my aunt is clear up in michigan." or the saddest answer of all - "no one in my family is willing to take my kid because she's (he's) so bad."

emma jane, keep the candle of your visit with Aunt Sis glowing in your heart FOREVER.

katzbox said...

Kind words to Emma, thank you. Sad words regarding others....as much fun as Emma had here, we know that we are the ones who will receive the blessings and be much richer for the experience...life works that way, don't you think?...you know, you don't really get a life until you give yours up.