Heart of the Home

| March 2006

A Letter From Kate

Dear Readers,

When my daughter, Charlotte, was born, I reluctantly searched for a day-care provider to look after her when I went back to work. I found a wonderful church day-care center, where the director and teachers were warm and friendly, and they appeared to genuinely love the children they took care of every day. The center was clean and pleasant, and the infant classrooms were very baby-friendly. I began taking Charlotte there when she was 5 weeks old.

Her first infant 'teacher,' Margaret, was wonderful. She told us in detail what Charlotte had done that day, and she often sent home pictures that she took during the day. I grew very fond of Margaret, and I was saddened to learn that she was leaving the center after caring for Charlotte for only three months.

I learned that Charlotte's new teacher would be Mary, another teacher at the center who wanted to work with infants. At first, I thought Mary seemed a bit cold and standoffish, and I worried about how she would care for my daughter. The day-care director assured me that Mary would be a wonderful teacher.

It turned out that I couldn't have asked for a better person than Mary to take care of my daughter. She was shy and a bit reserved around parents, but the more I got to know her, I realized that Mary was kind, loving, and she really enjoyed working with babies. I learned that I could trust Mary wholeheartedly, and my first impression of her had been far from the truth. Charlotte took to her immediately and continued to have a special bond with Mary the entire time she attended the day-care center, even after she had graduated to other classrooms.

It was with much sadness that we left the center and Mary a few years later. Until she left, Charlotte visited Mary every day for a hug, and it was obvious that Mary was very special to her. I, too, developed a fondness for Mary's sweet, gentle ways, and I'll always be grateful for the way she cared for my daughter.

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