Cassia was our dream child, conceived only in our imagination. For my husband and me the qualities we valued in a child would not be claimed in our own offspring.
Unknown to me, God was unfolding a wonderful surprise in our lives. An amazing thing began to happen when I said yes to a Nursery School Teaching position seven years ago.
I loved teaching little people. I knew this very special little school had me hooked during my entrance interview. I took a seat opposite the owner and main Teacher in the Montessori and Day Nursery. I was pleasantly amused when after this husband and wife team were seated, their two year old son pulled up a chair! His opinion mattered too!
I must have made an impression because this began a wonderful relationship with 2 year old Colton* and later his little sister Karen* whom I met when she was just three hours old. She marked the occasion by pooping on me that first day. Colton and Karen both made their way through my Nursery Class and parked permanently in my heart. They attended my Summer Day Camp and enjoyed sleepovers together at our house.
Hugs and snuggles became our daily routine for hellos and goodbyes. It was wonderful watching them grow and blossom into the school age and preteen children they are today.
Eva* was 2 1/2 when she tiptoed into my Nursery class and simultaneously crawled into my heart. She had a quiet wisdom about her and loved to laugh. She always encouraged me with her smile. Her long blonde hair was fun to pull together into ponytail or pigtails. They often fell apart due to a nervous habit of pulling strands of hair out. Today she is a Kindergarten graduate and will soon welcome a little sibling into her and her parents’ lives.
Brothers Carter* and Walter* stepped into our school boisterous and unafraid. First Carter then Walter, one year later enjoyed the environment of school and play. Carter was loved immediately by all the girls in Senior Kindergarten while younger brother Walter’s quiet personality “morphed” into a comedic energetic kid. Today Carter is the “bug” man, sharing fascinating facts about all six or eight legged creatures. Walter today is the weather man for his family, sharing weather predictions and nature’s storms. Both boys share the role of big brother for Little J, the child I am present day Nanny.
My husband and I didn’t realize that God had been answering our prayers all these years. Though they are not our own, these three families are children found to us. They all have come and have celebrated a special warm relationship with us. As a couple we are focused on these children and are to them unofficial ‘God-parents’. Birthdays, Christmas, play dates and celebrations are a part of our lives too! We love them just as we would our own. This is the best tribute we can give in memory of Cassia.