My question to my friends on Facebook a couple of nights ago was this: Can you ever get through Love You Forever without crying? The answers seems to be exactly as I suspected . . NO! Tears come no matter how hard you try to hold them back.
Chad was probably 9 or 10 when he bought the book for me, and he scribbled a little note inside. That book has always been so precious to me because not long after he gave it to me, he turned into the teen from “you know where” and we had a few rough years. There were nights when he would go to sleep and I would sneak into his room, look at him, pray for him, and often wonder how on earth we got from that sweet little boy to that typical teen boy! I always found the humor as I thought of scooping him up and rocking him while he was asleep.
I had thought about giving Addie the book Chad had given to me but decided I wasn’t ready to part with it so a couple of years ago, I got Addie her own copy.
When I first got to their house this trip, I got a chapter book about whales on my Kindle and each night I would read her a chapter. One night she wanted a different book so, instead of getting out of bed and letting her choose another book to read, I pulled up some children’s books on Amazon and let her pick what she wanted to read.
Earlier that night, she was supposed to be playing in her room and I went in to check on her and she had gone into her bathroom and I’m going to say she got water out of the faucet but deep within, I know that she dipped it out of the toilet. There was water everywhere. She had taken the toilet paper off the holder and the whole roll was in the floor, sopping wet. I said “Mommy. This is a job for you!”
When she saw the Love You Forever book on the Amazon list, she said “Look, him did what I did .. made a mess in the bathroom!” She wanted to read it so I downloaded the Kindle version and read it. She wanted to read it again so we did . . both times I had tears streaming down my face. For the next three nights, that’s the book she wanted to read and each night, the tears came.
The last night I was there, I said to her “I’ll love you forever, I’ll like you for always” and she said “As long as you live, I’ll be your baby!”