Letter: 'Biggi' Brookes made a lasting impression

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Thanks for the story on Birgit “Biggi” Brookes (“Teammates honor Yarmouth woman who personified tennis while fighting cancer,” Oct. 22). Our condolences to Jamie, Biggi’s children, and all her friends and family. Our son attended Biggi’s home day care as a baby and toddler, and we wanted to tell the world a little bit about what made her a special person.

As a care provider, Biggi did all the things you’d expect, but also so much more. She fostered a caring, thoughtful environment at Kinderhaus, built on fun, respect for others, and problem-solving skills, along with lots of hugs. She started our son on the road to reading and drawing, always including school-type “work” in the day. She taught him to eat healthy, to get outside and exercise no matter the weather, to explore the woods and find a sense of wonder in nature. We believe Biggi helped shape our son in very positive ways, such as getting along with others, listening to peers and adults, and being a caring, thoughtful person. Today, at age 6, he’s a very social kid who brings enthusiasm to almost everything he does, values his friends, and relishes trying new things or taking on a challenge. He still eats his vegetables, and for now at least, he remains a hugger.

As a parent, when you see your kid do something unexpectedly wonderful, you wonder, “Where did that come from?” Most of the time, we know: that came from Biggi.

Mike and Karyn Woelflein