Friday, September 25, 2009

Carmen


Sadly, today was Carmen's last day with us. Although we will still see her at the park and for the occasional babysitting, we will miss her dearly. Carmen has been with us since Ainslie was 10 months old. She has been with us through the best and the worst of times and has always been a wonderful source of support and strength for us. I admire her love for her family, her unselfishness, her loving spirit, and her tireless patience. She taught me how to be a better Mom, and I'll miss her tips, advice, and consoling words of wisdom. She is family. 
It's hard to put into words why today made me so sad. I was surprisingly tearful more than a couple of times today. I'm sad for myself for sure. I will miss seeing Carmen on a regular basis. She's my friend and "Mom". But what saddens me most is that Ainslie will not get to spend as much time with her. I love the perspective she offers her and the exposure to new things. I love that she is from Guatemala and one of my daughter's favorite foods is "frijoles". I love how confident she makes Ainslie feel, and I give her a lot of credit for the inquisitive, funny, extravert of a daughter we have. In a perfect world, I would have loved for Carmen to stay with us at least a couple of more years. But, with the cost of living, cost of preschool/child care for 2 kids, and me working part-time, the only thing that made sense was to let her go.  
Change is hard. But, I am so grateful for the last 2 years. Thank you Carmen!

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