91a) Rainbow-Mary Jo Bailey and Jeff Brandl

91a) Rainbow-Mary Jo Bailey and Jeff Brandl

Patron: Jeff Brandl

My inspiration for a rainbow and rain and sunshine is my 6 year old granddaughter Cayla Jo.  She was born when I was 60 and retired.  I was in my own little world , then she came along.  I babysat with her 45 hours a week from the time her mom went back to work until kindergarten.  It had been a long time since I rocked a baby to sleep, sang lullabies, read children’s books and had tea parties.  She opened my eyes to a whole new world that I had not been a part of.  We had one son, so a little girl who is funny, smart and had a wonderful imagination kept me on my toes and I saw through her eyes the joy of walking in rain puddles, jumping rope, princess dress up and “I get to be the Queen”.  Now she is in first grade and it is so amazing how she absorbs so much information each day to share with me when I pick her up after school.  She’s my “rainbow” rain or shine.