As I child, my mom would read us The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein. I have loved that book since the first time I heard it. Not only for the simple words and simple pictures, but for the simple and amazing message it teaches. One of sacrifice, love and contentment with the gifts in life. I am grateful to my mom for introducing it to me. I have a copy of my own that the kids and I often read.
I thought it would be appropriate to share my favorite children’s book The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore with my mom for her birthday as a thank you. A thank you for teaching me to love reading. My reading has brought me to love writing as well. In turn, my oldest daughter has gotten the reading and writing bug. And my other kids love it as well. My mom gave me the gift of stories. The gift of finding an escape in a good book. The gift of “You can never have too many books.”
I was eagerly waiting for my mom to receive my favorite book. When she read it, she said she loved it and it made her cry. I originally thought it might be silly to send MY favorite book to her. Why not send her one of her favorite books? But when you come across such a treasure, it must be shared. I am happy that she loved it. And I hope that she can see why I love her.