Cheers to books and welcome to my 31 day series on books.
My hope is that this won’t be a collection of book reviews because that
might get a bit stale after a couple of days.
I want this to be a compilation of books
and how they transform, inform and possess the power to
make us feel
known like no other medium.
The picture above was taken days before I turned 50.
My family had taken me to a dinner of my choosing.
I wanted casual yet a menu that would delight each
one of our varied palates.
A large table was vacated on the sun deck as soon as we arrived.
Despite the oppressive heat of the summer, this evening proved
to be the perfect blend of sunshine and temperature.
After we toasted, Carl surprised me by taking out several sheets of paper
and read the significant events during my birth year.
He listed movies and songs that were popular in 1964.
He then bestowed several gifts that were also celebrating 50 years.
Yep, he’s a keeper.
The first one basically could have been the only one as once I tore
back the wrapping, my eyes welled with the revelation of being known.
Cheers to The Giving Tree.
I am not sure how many hundreds of times Carl and I have read this book
to our children.
How often I have mused at the brilliance of Shel Silverstein.
Randomly, one of us will begin to sing the words from The Missing Piece,
set to a tune created by our family,
one by one each voice
joining in the refrain.
“Hi-dee-ho, here I go,
I’m looking for my missin’ piece!”
These books with the seemingly simple black line drawings and choice words
filling the pages have landed in our hearts and minds and remained.
Simply put, it is a parable about a tree and the boy she loves.
I have used this book to illustrate kindness and selfishness,
to emphasize the importance of giving and appreciating the giver.
Oh and those fair weather friends that most of us have experienced in our lives,
I want to be a good giving tree.
Well, maybe with a few more boundaries.
It has made me wrestle with whether
I can love without the expectation of being loved
Never underestimate the depth of a well-written children’s book.
Cheers to books.
Cheers to being known.
Cheers to that amazing cola braised pulled pork and pork belly sandwich
that would have rendered me speechless except for the fact of
sitting under a tree,
talking about books with people who love them
and who I love as well.
One of my most precious and fondest memories.
This won’t be the last book geared to children to be featured this month.
Do you have a favorite children’s book?
Share in the comments.
This post is apart of the 31 days…yet again series
about books. You can find the entire series here.