Where did you come from, baby dear? Out of the everywhere into here.
Where did you get your eyes so blue? Out of the sky as I came through.
This is the baby bed that Daniel and Abby slept in for the first months of their lives. They were certainly not the first; this sturdy walnut crib is over 150 years old. Three babies have slept here since mine and now I am bringing it out again for another new life. This baby will be most welcome: (s)he is the child of our dear friends, Chris and Juanita.
Juanita came into my life as a child patient when she was taken by child welfare services from her mother, a Native American woman with many limitations. I saw her up into her teens and when her living situation with relatives became difficult she came into foster care with me. Juanita was the babysitter of choice for Abby and Dan and they still turn to her today, especially when they have complaints about mom.
When Juanita and Chris began to date in high school I chased him away on more than one occasion. But they stuck and now, after eight years of marriage, they are having their first child. Over all this time, they are a constant in our lives. When we leave they care lovingly for our animals and home and throughout the year Chris, a forestry expert, helps out with landscaping and tree care. All of life’s major milestones are marked by celebrations that include this wonderful couple.
I’m in a good space to spend time with their baby right now. I’m done with my own but still far from being a grandmother. This weekend Juanita will have one of two baby showers but I will be with my parents in the Upper Peninsula so I will miss it. The next one is scheduled for October 9th- and I am scheduled to be in Florida with Abigail. We’ve both been disappointed about this bad timing so yesterday I called Northworst and changed my flight so I’ll scoot into town moments before the shower begins. I think I’ll keep that to myself so unless Juanita lurks here she’ll be surprised.
The quilt in the bed is the one my mother made for Daniel. She made one for Abby as well and gave them to me as gifts at my baby showers. Each square was designed with her grandchild in mind and some of the themes have been constants in their lives. The bed will be loaned and the quilts will stay here but over this long weekend I’ll be knitting away, trying to finish the blanket and sweater for this new baby, who is scheduled to arrive on my birthday!
(submitted for Thursday Challenge : furniture)