Once Upon a Playdate

May 10, 2012 at 10:00 pm | Posted in Grief, life after loss, silver lining, twins | 4 Comments
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“Making the decision to have a child is momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body.”  Elizabeth Stone

I was not able to prevent Jake or Sawyer’s deaths.  As their mother, I thought I could/should be able to protect them from anything and everything.  I was wrong.   I try my best to keep the twins as safe as possible.  I know that just like with Jake and Sawyer I will not be able to shelter them from anything and everything.  It is a work in progress . . .

There once was a little boy who would talk on and on about his friend, G.  He thought about having a playdate with her but was not quite sure he was ready for his mom to make the call to set it up.   Then one day G’s mom and the little boy’s mom made a plan to play after school.

After he found out about the plan, the little boy would wake up every morning and anxiously ask, “Is today the day that G is coming over to play?”

Finally the big day arrived.  At school, there was a field trip to a park.  The little boy’s mom was one of the drivers.  On the playground, the little boy ran up to his mom and sadly declared, “G changed her mind and she is not coming over to play today.”  The little boy’s twin sister came running up right behind him and just for emphasis yelled “G is NOT coming over ever.”

The little boy’s mother tried to say comforting things like, “maybe G will change her mind” and “if G does not come over today we will find another day for a playdate.”  The little boy folded his arms over his chest and sadly said, “Mama, this is the worstest day ever.”

The field trip ended and all the children went back to school.   The little boy asked G again if she would come over for the playdate.  She responded that should would never ever come over.

The little boy’s mom tried unsuccessfully to think of an extra special treat for the afternoon.   Pick up time arrived and G hopped into her car.  The little boy unhappily watched her as she climbed into her minivan.   The little boy’s mom as a last-ditch effort went over to G’s car before it drove out of the carpool line.  G smiled at the little boy’s mom.   G climbed out of her car seat and said, “I think I would like to go on that playdate now.”

And they played happily ever after.


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  1. What a sweet little fairy tale…as long as the princess appreciates her terrific little friend!

  2. you are a great mom, lanie!!

  3. You are an amazing mom and woman.

  4. Love the story!

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