Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Jeffrey

I've spent my life loving little ones, and if God will grant my petition, I will spent the rest of my days doing the same.

Several days ago I found this photo hiding in my computer. It's a short drive back to 1979 when I seldom wore shoes. I preferred to wear my socks out on the street and driveway. My mom was a certified daycare provider and someone decided she would be a perfect candidate for an advertisement for new daycare moms. Thus the photograph. One of these children was a visiting neighbor.

The little guy in my arms if Jeffy. He was two, wild, and rascally. We loved him! Mom watched him from the time he was a year old until he started kindergarten. He would have turned 41 years old in February but a late March snowstorm closed school and Jeff went out on his snowmobile for an afternoon of what should have been teenage fun. Instead he had an accident and suffered a serious head injury. He died 26 years ago today when he was just fifteen.

I didn't know Jeff as a teenager. In my mind he's still a preschool child wandering about Mom's house with his "ratty afghan," but I think of him every year when those last winter storms of March dump a foot or two of snow on us and snowmobiles buzz down the road and across the fields. Somewhere his mother is aching as she remembers her sweet boy.

I looked at the photo a day or two ago and thought how I haven't really changed all that much from my own fifteen year old self.  I still hold and snuggle little ones in the very same way, they still know I love them, and I think somehow or other I actually turned into my mom.

7 comments:

  1. ...somehow we grow older, but in our minds others stay the same.

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    1. What are you talking about? I'm still fifteen!
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  2. I’ll never forget Jeff either. It seems like he was a favorite.

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    1. He was. We all wanted Mom to watch a baby and he was the first. That made him special right off the bat. never mind that he was also adorable.
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  3. Look at your Mom! Gorgeous!
    And you were a pretty cute teen, Martha...
    Enjoy your weekend...
    Cheers!
    Linda :o)

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    1. Thank you, Linda.
      It seems like yesterday.
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