I was in a book shop yesterday buying my next book for book club when I came upon the children’s section filled with books ready for mother’s day. I picked up one and read it, then sobbed and had to purchase it embarrassingly with tears running down my face. I am not an overly sentimental person but this motherhood thing is making me emotional! I’m not even sure who I bought it for – Daisy? Me? My Mum? I haven’t decided yet. I wanted to share the words that made me cry – maybe it was the simple illustrations that went with it..who knows. Happy Mothers day anyway….
by Alison Mcghee & Peter H Reynolds
One day I counted your fingers and kissed each one.
One day the first snowflakes fell, and I held you and watched them melt on your baby skin.
One day we crossed the street, and you held my hand tight.
Then, you were my baby, and now you are my child.
Sometimes, when you sleep, I watch you dream, and I dream too…
That someday you will dive into the cool, clear water of a lake.
Someday you will walk into a deep wood.
Someday your eyes will be filled with a joy so deep that they shine.
Someday you will run so fast and so far your heart will feel like fire.
Someday you will swing high – so high, higher than you ever dared to swing..
Someday you will hear something so sad that you will fold up with sorrow.
Someday you will call a song to the wind, and the wind will carry your song away.
Someday I will stand on this porch and watch your arms waving to me until I no longer see you.
Someday you will look at this house and wonder how something that feels so big can look so small.
Someday you will feel a small weight against your strong back.
Someday I will watch you brushing your child’s hair.
Someday, a long time from now, your own hair will glow silver in the sun.
And when that day comes, love, you will remember me.
Sigh! And the tears have started again. It’s just lovely I think.