This is my favorite children's book...
This book is the one good thing I had as a child. I loved it! I would carry it around with me all the time and cried for days when I lost it. Over the years, I've collected lots of children's books. I've always loved them because they make me happy. And for those of you who know me, I like being happy!
You see, I always wanted to be the parent that had the best collection of storybooks to read to their children. I wanted to be the mother that would read to her children until they fell asleep and then keep reading to herself just so she could hear them breathing while they slept. I spent years dreaming of the perfect little family, living in the perfect little home, in the perfect neighborhood, with a massive collection of books. At one time, I counted 13 copies of this very book in my collection. I had started purchasing them when I was 20. This particular book is one I still can't pass up when I come across it at the bookstore. I'll always buy it, and I will always give it away.
Richard and I weren't blessed with a family to call our own. So over the years, I've been slowly giving away my collection of storybooks to expectant mothers in our neighborhood. I give them away hoping that they will love them as much as I do. Sometimes, I wonder if they would love them more if they knew they were coming from my personal collection of unfulfilled dreams. I know the children love them...and it pleases me to no end when I see them with a book I've given them to read.