Thursday, November 18, 2010

I wish ...

The other night, as I walked through my local Barnes & Noble, I saw this "'Twas the Night Before Christmas" book. It is a Record-A-Story book.*
From the Web site: "Children will delight in the sound of a loved one's voice when they open this book. A recordable dedication page lets them know this is a story just for them. Each time they turn the page, Christmas music plays, and they hear the familiar voice of a loved one reading the classic holiday story."

Because I was technically working -- my job for the Children's Literacy Center takes place in the bookstore -- I wasn't really supposed to be shopping and don't normally when working. But this book stopped me in my tracks, and I had to pick it up and look at it.

I wish I had had this book three years ago. I wish I could have had my mom read this book for my as-yet-unexpected child. I know there are other ways for me to teach my child about his or her grandmother, but I wish I had something like this so "Grandma Weezy" could read a story to my baby.

I think a book like this is a wonderful way for a distant grandparent or aunt, uncle, parent (absent for whatever reason) to share time with a loved child.

And yes, I was almost crying right in the middle of the stupid Barnes & Noble. And yes, I'm almost crying right now as I type this.

*Other books in this vein include "Guess How Much I Miss You" and "Elmo Together at Heart."


  1. Aw, honey. I know you miss your mom a lot. (Hugs!) But guess what? Your child is going to love YOU just as much.

  2. I wish you would have had it then, too. My heart goes out to you.

  3. Oh I'm sorry too. I mentioned to my mom that I'd like my Grandma to do one for Wyatt and she said some thing to my grandma who is going to get one and do it. Moving around a lot with the military I didn't get to see my grandma much and she recorded herself on cassettes reading stories. It was an awesome idea at the time. And I like how this is kinda like that.

  4. @Tiffany, your grandma was very smart. That must have been a treat for you.

  5. Awww I wish you could of also. Your mom was the BEST grandma a kid could ever have. Darn now I am crying!!! You will just have to tell your child lots of stories about her so they know just how special she was! ♥ Melinda