has been babysitting for me ever since I moved here five years ago.
She was basically my only sitter, since it was impossible to find
any other sitter who could compare. Sarah had a confidence and poise
that made it easy for her to be in charge. There was lots of time
left over for her to have a good time with the children—and
they did some amazing projects. I’d come home and find they’d
written books—once a hard-bound book of poetry—or made
monster cards, or produced a movie (we have Sarah as an actress on
film). They wrote comic strips, played Monopoly, made a cardboard
jungle for the Lego men. She always made my children feel like valuable
people that she wanted to spend time with.
me, Sarah was almost a co-parent. Since I’ve been single all
this time, she was one of the few people with whom I could discuss
my children—their traits, their development, what issues needed
work. I admired and respected her experience and skill in dealing
with children and teenagers. I heard her counseling runaways on the
phone a couple of times, and heard how her generous intelligence helped
the person on the other end of the line.
and still feel, lucky to have had Sarah spend so much time with me
and my children. Her time with us was a gift to our family. I of course
hoped that she’d continue to be there. Even with this tragic
loss, I appreciate so much what she gave to us over the past five
goes out to you in your loss of a daughter who was one of the brightest,
finest, kindest people I have been lucky to know. I thank you, as
her parents, for the person who provided so much fun, guidance, and
support to us. I hope she knew how much she meant to us.