Compassion shown by 23 month old

chim

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Our situation - about 13 months ago we had an opportunity to be foster parents "for a few months" for a 10 month old baby girl. A lot has happened since then, and there are many details we can't mention. We are now moving to adopt her. This isn't the retirement we pictured, but we wouldn't want it any other way.

Yesterday while she was napping seemed like a great time to put up a couple racks in the shed for the garden hoses. The 1/4" impact gun slipped and the #2 phillips bit went through my thumb. I wrapped a paper towel around it, secured it with a couple wraps of electrical tape and finished the project.

When I got back to the house, Wifey asked if I could get Sweet Pea up from her nap. The bleeding had stopped, so I did a quick wash and set out to do just that before wrapping it in something better than a paper towel. Sweet Pea notices everything. When I picked her up she pointed to the sort-of cleaned up thumb and was quite upset. I told her my "ouchy" was going to be OK. She then snatched the pacifier from her own mouth and tried to plug it into mine.

I was completely taken by that. It showed me how much comfort the pacifier provided for her, and that she wanted share it so I could be OK.
 
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Chim - -

don’t want or need to know more, but good for you to head down this road.

Not my retirement dream either, but it sounds like Sweet Pea will be better off for a long lifetime ahead of her.

To say I applaud you and the Mrs. is an understatement.

Exemplary is the only word that comes to mind.

God bless you folks… I mean that with the utmost sincerity.
 
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Chim, God bless you. I don’t know you but have seen enough to know that little girl is blessed as much as y’all are.

(and electrical tape and paper towels is a perfectly good bandage)
 
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Our situation - about 13 months ago we had an opportunity to be foster parents "for a few months" for a 10 month old baby girl. A lot has happened since then, and there are many details we can't mention. We are now moving to adopt her. This isn't the retirement we pictured, but we wouldn't want it any other way.

Yesterday while she was napping seemed like a great time to put up a couple racks in the shed for the garden hoses. The 1/4" impact gun slipped and the #2 phillips bit went through my thumb. I wrapped a paper towel around it, secured it with a couple wraps of electrical tape and finished the project.

When I got back to the house, Wifey asked if I could get Sweet Pea up from her nap. The bleeding had stopped, so I did a quick wash and set out to do just that before wrapping it in something better than a paper towel. Sweet Pea notices everything. When I picked her up she pointed to the sort-of cleaned up thumb and was quite upset. I told her my "ouchy" was going to be OK. She then snatched the pacifier from her own mouth and tried to plug it into mine.

I was completely taken by that. It showed me how much comfort the pacifier provided for her, and that she wanted share it so I could be OK.
"Sweat Pea" will reward you with many years of true happiness!
She is a very lucky little girl, and the two of you are very special people.
 

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I can relate to the goodness and happiness a child can bring to ones life.
We are caregivers for our 18 month old grandson. His mother and father work full time so we pick up the care during the work week.
It is not what I imagined retirement to be but despite the long days [pick him up at 7 am, return him at 6 pm.] we are overjoyed to have the chance to have him in our lives
 

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I applaud you for taking this on. Raising a child is the most rewarding and challenging thing a person can do. To take it on in your retirement is very admirable and shows how much you care for others.
 

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That's why I love small children, you show them a little love and affection and they'll return it multiplied many times over. We never know what impact even a kind word can have on a childs life.

My hat's off to the OP and good luck with your adoption.
 

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Awesome my internet friend!

The big squeezes are the best! My 6 year old little girl is my world, although I am her dad and have to enforce rules we are also buddies.

Laying on a blanket in the yard, just staring at the sky can yield so many questions! We enjoy doing this, then a picnic usually follows.

Best of luck!

Jay
 

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It is said,," children bring the most heart wrenching pain and the most happiness." I'll ask my dad if that is true Sat, it's his 85 birthday.
 
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It is said,," children bring the most heart wrenching pain and the most happiness." I'll ask my dad if that is true Sat, it's his 85 birthday.
Funny - - -

I had a brand new Harley....my Dad tipped it over in the garage. No real damage, but I was pissed.

Next year, I had a brand new Chevy pickup. Had a couple 2x10's in the box.
Dad grabbed one and scraped it across the top rail of the box. I was pissed. Scrape was there until I traded it.

Each time, all I could say was "you can't keep anything nice around here....."

As a kid, if I heard that once, I heard it a 1,000 times.....
 

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Our situation - about 13 months ago we had an opportunity to be foster parents "for a few months" for a 10 month old baby girl. A lot has happened since then, and there are many details we can't mention. We are now moving to adopt her. This isn't the retirement we pictured, but we wouldn't want it any other way.

Yesterday while she was napping seemed like a great time to put up a couple racks in the shed for the garden hoses. The 1/4" impact gun slipped and the #2 phillips bit went through my thumb. I wrapped a paper towel around it, secured it with a couple wraps of electrical tape and finished the project.

When I got back to the house, Wifey asked if I could get Sweet Pea up from her nap. The bleeding had stopped, so I did a quick wash and set out to do just that before wrapping it in something better than a paper towel. Sweet Pea notices everything. When I picked her up she pointed to the sort-of cleaned up thumb and was quite upset. I told her my "ouchy" was going to be OK. She then snatched the pacifier from her own mouth and tried to plug it into mine.

I was completely taken by that. It showed me how much comfort the pacifier provided for her, and that she wanted share it so I could be OK.
It is wonderful that you are able to experience, perhaps again, the joy of raising a child.

Would never work for the wife and I at our age, but we do have the grandkids that adds something similar to our lives.

Cannot think of anything positive enough to say regarding your love and kindness!
 
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