Mary Fisher's Heroes
A volunteer at Connor's Nursery.
Choosing Love: Connor's Nursery
Then come the caregivers:
grandfathers and grandmothers, women and men - single and married - high
school students and college interns. They're tentative at first, wondering
if a child with AIDS is too feeble to be lifted and fed, patted and put
down to nap. But with time, they grow comfortable. And with more time,
they grow attached.
There are heartwarming
scenes here. Children smiling in response to tickles and hugs. Laughter
floating over the playroom. Infants with eyes too heavy to stay awake,
tucking into the shoulder of a caregiver.
But it's not all lullabies
and sweetness. When sixty- two year-old Johnie Mae Frazier cradled her
grandson with AIDS and broke into "Swing Low, Sweet Chariot," it was a
real possibility that she sang about in the second stanza:
If you get there before I do,
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Comin' for to carry me home,
Tell all'a my friends that I'm comin'
Comin' for to carry me home.