Foster mom Jamie was eager to meet her new two-year-old foster daughter. But she never expected the little girl to call her "mommy" just minutes after meeting her.
In a viral Love What Matters post, Jamie explained that she and her biological children make a point to make her foster kids feel as welcome as possible when they first arrive in the home, by showing them their bed, offering them a snack, and even saying, "I love you" right away. They did the same for this little 2-year-old.
And after about 11 minutes of wandering around with Jamie's biological children and other foster kids, the 2 year old ran back to Jamie saying, "Look, mommy!"
Seeing as this little girl had already lived in four different foster homes in her short life, her saying "Mommy" so quickly tipped Jamie off to something crucial.
Jamie wrote, "To this little girl, “mommy” meant the female adult of the house, the lady who reached something you couldn't and refilled your juice. Having five 'mommies' in five months, she hadn’t yet had the chance to learn what mommy meant."
That said, Jamie was determined to show her.
Jamie continued, "Mommy meant falling asleep on shoulders, kissing skinned knees, teaching ABCs. Mommy meant helping homework, whispering about friends, sitting outside dressing rooms. Mommy meant taking pictures at graduation, hugging on wedding day, cuddling grandchildren. Mommy meant security. Mommy meant commitment. Mommy meant life-long love."
And Jamie was ready to be that Mommy for her.