|Barbara Anne Perrie|
I will never forget the first moment I saw Perrie, as Abby lead her through my front door. I heart jumped within me and my spirit cried out “I have missed you.” I knew from that moment on that Barbara Anne Perrie would be very important part of my life. I volunteered to take care of Perrie when her care giver needed a break. I learned everything I needed to do, so that I could take care of her and have her hugs and kisses would be a part of my life.
|Perrie and my daughters at a Fireworks show|
Lake Tahoe, CA July 2005
|Perrie at the beach at Lake Tahoe|
Then came the day that Perrie asked why she didn’t go to class like the other children. So as a Presidency we discussed and prayed about which class to put her in. We had one class that was being taught by a new couple in the ward. We decided that I would ask if they would take Perrie into their class. I approached Sister Baker in the hall and asked if she and her husband would allow Perrie to attend their class. She paused and then asked if I knew that she was a teacher (professionally) of handicapped children. No, I didn’t, but Heavenly Father did. The next week, Perrie started to attend Primary class. She loved it and her class learned to love her. Since that time she has been in several different classes, but each class has loved her and she loves them.
|Perrie and her caregiver Megan|
Her caregiver has told me of times, when Perrie first started to go to Primary, that she would be with Perrie in a store and a small child would come up to her (the caregiver) and ask, "Is that Perrie?" She would answer "yes" and then the child would disappear. The children in our Primary have learned to love her too.
After 3 years we were released as a Primary Presidency. I approached the new President with my concerns about Perrie. I was told, "Of course Perrie would stay in Primary, she was an important part of our Primary", and she still is today.
Today, my Sundays go like this. One half hour before church starts, I go get Perrie and her wheel chair. We attend Worship service (Sacrament Meeting). After Worship Service, we make a trip to the restroom. Then we go to Sunday school (Primary Class) where her class members take turns caring for her. From Sunday school, her class takes her to Primary (Sharing Time). The members of her class know that if there is a problem, to please get me in the Relief Society Room. They have never come to get me. After Church, I go pick Perrie up from the Children’s Meeting Room and take her home.
|Perry and baby Ender Feb. 2012 after attending Ender's blessing.|
Over the years Perrie’s health has worsened. On May 3, 2012 she will be 70 years old. Her mother was told she would never make it past the age of 40. She is in a wheel chair, on oxygen and has a feeding tube, so I don’t get to keep her after church every often, but I do go and take care of her at her home from time to time. I have curled her hair before church and I have realized just how much I am going to miss her when she is gone.
I am so thankful to my Heavenly Father that he brought Perrie, my eternal friend, into my life.