We've been discussing child care a lot lately, from many angles: needing it, paying for it, finding it, criticizing those who use it, you name it. But we never once touched on this one angle that I read about in today's In Portland section - maybe you caught it? Child care for parents in medical care. The mama featured in the article endured 140 appointments one year as she battled breast cancer - with a toddler in tow. My, my. As she is quoted saying in The O, "The medical system is not designed for patient flexibility. My grocery store, my gym, and even my grocery store have child care. So should my doctor's office."
So what did she do? She and a friend hatched an idea to benefit other parents facing the same challenge and (in their spare time!) brought it to life. They call it My Little Waiting Room. The idea is to provide low-cost drop-in child care at hospitals while parents and siblings attend appointments. They've got a blog (who doesn't?), so if you want to jump in, need the service, need more blogs to gobble up your time, check it out. Like, wow, mamas. Knock my socks off. If there were such a thing as Activista-of-the-Year awards, these two seem like seriously strong candidates.
PS - When I told my 5-year-old son recently that something (his stellar swimming?) knocked my socks off, he wanted to know what it meant. Uh, these two women and this program are so positively fabulous that my, uh, socks flew right off my feet? Help! That would so not fly with him.