As I prepared for my back surgery, I looked for family and friends who might be able to take my children for a weekend. My brother Willie and his wife Bonny graciously accepted caring for my boys this past weekend. Although it is a huge favor to ask someone to look after your children, there are dividends for everyone involved. I went through this process last spring when my son Giles had open heart surgery. Several families took my son Jarvie, so I could be home with Giles and help him calmly recover from his surgery. Of course, I owe a huge debt of gratitude to each of these families. My sister Annie played a special role last summer and not only cared for Jarvie here in Cleveland but also took him home to Boston for 10 days!
What I’ve discovered is that the intimacy that develops from providing primary care to a young child allows love to grow and bonds to form that without these special circumstances would never have been forged! Can you see the love?
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