This week, one of my former students gave me the happy news that he became a father for the first time on May 4th. This is indeed happy news, but especially joyous because Henry’s mom died suddenly when he was three-years-old as a result of a drunken driver. At the time, I was Henry’s nursery school teacher, and I took care of him full-time for two years following Catherine’s death. Henry and I were reunited about two years ago, and I blogged about his story here: A Pause for Celebration.
I cannot adequately express the joy I feel that Henry and his partner, Maria, are now proud parents of a beautiful little girl, Catherine Nima Maria. A big name for such a little girl. I am so glad that Henry has grown up to be a successful businessman and a loving father. I had prayed for years that Henry would be safe and live happily ever after. My prayers have been answered. His story is both a happy-ending and a new beginning. I am ever-grateful.
I know no other way to express my joy, but to spend the day looking at baby clothes and writing. I am creating a picture book for Catherine. It will be the first of many. This one will celebrate her name and that of her grandmother, who was a good friend, loving wife and mother, taken away too soon.