Many years ago when I was pregnant with my first baby, a friend and I had gone out shopping. We were at World Market when I fell in love with a simple, natural wicker bassinet. That dear friend bought the bassinet and surprised me with it for my baby shower, and together, she and I made the bedding for it.
It was Mother’s Day thirty three years ago, the day I came home from the hospital with my newborn son, when I first put my little love in this sweet nest. It was so light that I could easily pick it up and move it around with me throughout the house and yard, wherever I needed to be. Three years later that bassinet was ready for my second son, and after that went on to be borrowed by countless friends and relatives throughout the years. It then sat empty in our garage for many years, too special for me to part with. Waiting for grand babies.
Three and a half years ago when our son and daughter in law were expecting their first baby, I dusted off that treasure, took it in to a furniture repair business to have the wicker re-tied, and then had it sanitized. I stained it and had a seamstress make a new mattress and bedding for it. Our first sweet grand baby was born and out it went to be a comfy nest for him during his first few months of life. Sixteen months later, it was there for the second child. This time a grand daughter. When my son and his wife decided that their family was complete, I was asked if I wanted the bassinet back. At that time my other son and his love had decided that they weren’t going to have children, and so, as difficult as it was to say goodbye to it, I took comfort knowing that other newborns would be using it. The bassinet was sold through a Facebook group for parents and I was assured that it was exactly what the new owners were looking for!
A few months ago we learned that we would be welcoming our third grand baby in July. Yep, our other son and his love announced that they were expecting their first baby. Surprise!
Imagine my complete and utter shock when this past weekend, Mother’s Day weekend, my son and daughter in law opened the back of their SUV and presented me with my gift. The family bassinet had made it’s way back home! Through tears of joy, I listened to their story of how my daughter in law put out a plea on the Facebook group to try and track down and buy the bassinet back. I’m told they’d been working on finding it for a month, and that once the couple who bought it heard our story, they graciously sold it back.
The beloved little baby bed has been cleaned again, re-stained, and is now at my other son’s home waiting to hold another of our babies. The story of finding it and bringing it back home makes the bassinet that much more special and meaningful. My thoughtful son and daughter in law, that much more precious to me. My heart is overflowing with love and gratitude and appreciation, and did I say love? I know it’s meant to stay with us. Its traveling days are through!