Tuesday, May 17, 2011


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.  



  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.

  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.