Jamie C is a mother to two biological children, but has opened her family up to any foster child who needs a home, for however long. A nurturer at heart, “nothing gets me smiling/crying/talking-loudly-with-wild-hand-gestures” more than the care and welfare of children, she wrote in her blog.
As such, Jamie’s children are also well versed in being part of the “welcoming committee” whenever a new face shows up in their home.
Earlier this year, when a 2-year-old girl had come to stay with them, Jamie’s two children were right there with her to greet them
“Hi, sweetie. My name is Jamie. I’m so glad you’ve come to stay with us. Do you want to go meet the kids?” she asked.
The kids, who double as the tour guides, and the concierge service, Jamie jokes, bounded over. (“You’re here! Want to see your bed? Want a baby doll? Want a snack? I love you!”).
Jamie shared that her kids are the key to helping a new child feel at home, and “nothing makes me prouder” to see them do so.
But barely ten minutes into the tour, the little girl—who had spent 5 months of her 2-year life bounced around from four different homes—turned to Jamie with a smile.
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She said, “Look, mommy!”
Jamie was taken aback. The girl had just called her “mommy” even though she was “the woman she met 11 minutes before.”
It was then that Jamie realized what “mommy” must mean to a foster baby.
“To this little girl, “mommy” meant the female adult of the house, the lady who reached something you couldn’t and refilled your juice. Having five “mommies” in five months, she hadn’t yet had the chance to learn what mommy meant.”
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It was heartbreaking, because to Jamie, “Mommy” meant trust, security, and life-long love.
“Mommy meant falling asleep on shoulders, kissing skinned knees, teaching ABCs. Mommy meant helping homework, whispering about friends, sitting outside dressing rooms. Mommy meant taking pictures at graduation, hugging on wedding day, cuddling grandchildren. Mommy meant security. Mommy meant commitment. Mommy meant life-long love.”
But Jamie knew that at only 2 years old, this little girl had time to learn. There was still hope that “mommy” could grow to be something that wasn’t just a name, but someone who would be there for her through her whole life.
The girl had a biological mother who needed help but was working hard to be able to get her back, and she had in Jamie a foster mother who would step in to fill that role if it couldn’t happen.
“This little girl would know what mommy meant. This little girl would have a mommy.”
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She walks in confidently and with a smile. She knows the drill. In her two years of life, she’s spent five months in…