I went to Mary Babula’s visitation tonight, joining hundreds of other people who came to remember her and celebrate her life. I had known Mary for many years, and every interaction I had with her was warm, kind, and positive. She was instrumental in the growth and development of WECA, and continued to work on behalf of children and childcare workers throughout her career. She recently retired, and the last time I saw her she was on her way with her partner Mary Mastaglio to a wonderful trip.
Like so many others, I was very sad to hear of her death. As people talked at the visitation, it was clear how many were inspired by her work. Those conversations inspired this song, as a celebration of Mary, her friendships, and her power in standing together for children.
‘When You Stand with Me