Baby Ufnal’s Babysitter


Chris and Kelly’s baby is due to arrive on Valentine’s Day and there is no doubt that this precious little baby will be loved like crazy.

As Chris and Kelly tie up loose ends before the baby comes one of the most important things they were able to secure is a great babysitter for when Kelly has to go back to work. Kelly has asked Linda Griffin, the babysitter she had as a kid, to watch their baby.

About a month ago Linda called and talked with Mark because she wanted to know if I had any special requests as to how I would want her to care for our new grandbaby. After thinking this over for a while, I came up with a few things.

Dear Linda,

Thank you for your sweet phone call asking for my wishes concerning Baby Ufnal. I’ve given this some serious thought and I want you to love and care for this baby just like you love and care for every baby you meet.

Mark and I want you to teach Baby Ufnal the same lessons you taught Chad, Kelly and Corey when they were in your care. Like the lesson you taught Chad and Jason Frazier when they made marks on the wood coffee table in your family room. Do you remember? You said Chad and Jason each had to bring a bottle of Old English to your house the next day so they could polish the table until the marks blended in with the rest of the table.

And the lesson you taught Danny Frazier when he would scratch Zack Fagan in the face with his fingernails. Do you remember? You put socks on Danny’s hands and secured them with Duct tape so he couldn’t scratch anyone. Our Kelly was a scratcher but I never did tape socks to her hands. Maybe if I would have Chad, Corey and Bryan wouldn’t have scars on their hands today.

I think the biggest lesson you taught Corey was how to swear. Even though he was only two, he already had a big vocabulary and he was able to use those swear words properly in his sentences. Even though you taught our two-year-old how to swear, you still were so worth it.

Linda, you have an amazing gift when it comes to dealing with kids, better than anyone I’ve ever met. We were so appreciative that you took all of the kids you babysat to Orchard View High School every summer for swimming lessons. It didn’t  matter if the kids wanted to go to lessons or not, you insisted they go because you had a pool and felt it was important for their safety to learn to swim and they all did learn to swim.

One of the best Christmas presents we ever received was a video of Chad, Kelly and Corey from you. This video was recorded the first year you babysat for our kids and at the time I didn’t know of anyone that had a video camera so it was extra special that you captured our babies on tape. The video shows five-year-old Chad playing with Matchbox cars and coloring. Even though Chad’s activities were passive, it is so awesome to have his sweet voice and gestures as he talked with you. And then you captured three-year-old Kelly getting a beauty makeover in your bathroom. You sat Kelly up on the bathroom counter and taped her while you put makeup on her and curled her hair. Our sweet Kelly loved the attention of getting all dolled up. And lastly you captured baby Corey drinking out of his bottle with his buddy Danny Frazier at his side.

Linda, you will be a perfect Gramma for our Baby Ufnal.

I love you.


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