Everybody needs a grandma like that in their lives, and at Child Saving Institute we’re so fortunate to have three!
“Some people think I’m crazy,” she observes with a deep chuckle. “But my husband has passed away and I’m all by myself in that big house. The babies motivate me to get up and come out here. They bring something out in me. And the babies love me—because they tell me so!”
“Some of these babies need a grandma in their lives—you can tell,” she adds, her tone turning serious. “There’s just something missing. I think I play the role they need by huggin’ and lovin’ on them. We’re like a comfort blanket to them. I think each and every child should have a grandmother.”
Once a week, 77-year-old Myrtle Weible walks to the agency from her nearby home. She spends Friday mornings rocking, reading and wrangling toddlers. When asked why she does it, “Grandma Myrt” replies, “I love the kids, and I hope I can bring some pleasure and joy to their lives.”
She shared the story of a 4-year-old, now in Pre-K, who starts each day by first running in to greet Grandma Lula with a hug—as she’s done every morning since infancy. “Our kids really depend on the consistent care the grandmas provide. They are the loving ‘heart’ of our center.”