Paying the Babysitter

(Curator’s note: I received this story from a friend of the family, Katie Palmer. Thanks, Katie, for sharing this. It’s a great example of Jack’s generosity.)

I was lucky enough to have been a regular babysitter for the amazing Wright family while they were living in Auburn, Washington. I LOVED babysitting for them and would have done it for free, but they wouldn’t hear of it. I know I’m a little too old for tattling, but honestly this memory makes me laugh every time. And happens to be a great example of who Jack is.

Whenever Jack paid me, he would give me however much Alana hollered to him, but then he’d always sneak another twenty. I didn’t want ANY money, let alone more than was even remotely reasonable! But he would threaten me. Every time. He would say, “Katie, if you tell Alana, or put the money in the mailbox, I will find a new babysitter.” :) He found the one thing that would make me take the money. No way I would risk someone else babysitting their kids while I was on the block!

I love the Wright family and I have felt truly blessed to have been a part of their family. Jack was, in many ways, like a second father to me. He has always been a shining example in my life.

  • http://www.facebook.com/trimomSarah Sarah Elizabeth Stone Reed

    I remember Jack as a very friendly, outgoing,caring father and man. He was a great example to us in our church congregation about living within your means, and saving for a rainy day and providing for your family. He fought very hard to stay healthy and provide for his family. I admired his motivation to become a police officer even though he was dealing with a very horrible infection in his leg. This is my point of view as an outsider looking in. I know Alana and her sweet children miss him immensely and I feel for them. Thanks for the positive site and neat posts from the babysitter. We love you guys!

  • http://www.facebook.com/trimomSarah Sarah Elizabeth Stone Reed

    I remember Jack as a very friendly, outgoing,caring father and man. He was a great example to us in our church congregation about living within your means, and saving for a rainy day and providing for your family. He fought very hard to stay healthy and provide for his family. I admired his motivation to become a police officer even though he was dealing with a very horrible infection in his leg. This is my point of view as an outsider looking in. I know Alana and her sweet children miss him immensely and I feel for them. Thanks for the positive site and neat posts from the babysitter. We love you guys!