Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Someday

Do you know this book by Alison Meghee and Peter H. Reynolds?  It is written from the perspective of a mother with a young daughter.  She remembers special moments with her baby girl.
"One day I counted your fingers and kissed each one."  
 Later she starts to imagine the future and here little girl growing up. 
"Someday I will stand on this porch and watch your arms waving to me until I no longer see you." 
The book  is simply and poignantly written and so beautifully illustrated that it usually makes me cry.  It did tonight as I read it to Sofia.  She was sitting on my lap, her long legs dangling over the edge of her rocking chair where they once barely reached.  It's happening, I thought.  It is already someday.   

When this book fails to make me cry it makes me laugh at the memory of a dear friend who unwittingly read it to her daughter during at stay at my house.  Her baby was a few months old and they were staying with us for a long girls weekend.  It was a few weeks before my friend was returning to work from maternity leave and she was in a weepy state of mind.  She randomly grabbed the book as a bedtime story for her baby and emerged from tucking her in with swollen eyes and an accusatory tone.  "How could you leave that book out in the open?  I can't stop crying."  I think she's still angry with me.

Maybe you will be able to read this little book without tearing up.   If you have a young daughter, I dare you to try.  


  

2 comments:

  1. When your baby girl is 30 something with children of her own "someday" has come and gone many times. It's the pain and joy of motherhood. I tear up every time I read your blog.

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  2. I am crying at work. And mad at you again. Advice to mothers with daughters: do not read Someday. It is just too much.

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