Today was an extra special day. Today I had lunch with June Rauscher. Her Aunt Linda called to say June was coming for the weekend and would I like to do lunch? Would I like to do lunch? Would I like to reconnect with this amazing child I cared for from the time she was 6 weeks old til she went to school? Who I kept safe not just from her mom but from her dad? Who learned at my table? Who ate with us? Played with us? The One I felt the Lord should have allowed me to adopt or at least to keep? Oh yes!
I drove to Linda's and waited til June finished getting ready, doing her hair. And then out she came...this tall, thin, lovely young woman! So grown up. I was in tears...and again so many times during our lunch. June talks, She smiles. She laughs. She has things to say. She's visited Graceland! of all places, with her best friend. Has a boyfriend. Is an EXCELLENT student.
We went to Red Robin and I let Linda talk on the drive but once in the restaurant I told June it was going to be the June Show...she'd have to tell me all things she's doing and is. And she so nicely complied.
Sometimes I'd look at June and see her cousin, Other times I'd see Penny in her. And always I could see Tiger.
June lives with her dad and Uncle Joe in Wellington (hence the logo on her shirt). She's so happy and so sweet. She's just what I wanted her to grow to be if she couldn't grow to be mine.
But for a couple of minutes I could pretend. and I did. and it was wonderful. and we shall most definitely do lunch again some time.