The past few weeks, I've been getting books from the library, for me to read to Dylan. I don't spend a lot of time looking for books to check out. I don't have a lot of time, with Mr. Impatient at my side. Usually something will just catch my eye - a title, the cover picture, an author - that will make me grab the book. I very rarely read them before bringing them home, which is nice, because Dylan and I get to experience the book together for the first time. I've been checking out 7 books a week. Some are duds, and are only read once. Some are okay. This week's pile brought two complete gems that I have to tell you about.
The first, which I read to him on Sunday, is "Mama Says", by Rob D. Walker. On the book itself, it says "A Book of Love for Mothers and Sons", and that is exactly what it is. If you have a son, you need this book. I also think it would be perfect as a gift from a grown man to his mom. Because I couldn't say it any better, this is how the website describes it...
Before I talk about the second book, I should tell you I don't LOVE my job. I do what I do, (being a part time nanny), because it allows me to make enough money to stay home with Dylan Wednesday through Friday. I cherish the time that I am getting to spend with him while he is young. I try to make that time extra special because I know how fast that time will go. So, when it is sunny and beautiful on Monday and Tuesday, and cold and rainy on Wednesday, I get a bit grumpy. Today I decided to hell with the rain, we would enjoy the day anyway. We went to Barnes & Nobles for story time and to play with the train. When we got home, we snuggled under a blanket to read "Let's Go On A Mommy Date", by Karen Kingsbury, and I cried while reading it. By the end, my voice was an octave higher, the tears were streaming down my cheek, and I had to explain to Dylan that sometimes people cry when they are happy.
"See, time will take you far from here; you're growing way too fast.
All I want is Mommy time to make the moments last.
Something we'll remember so that come some far-off day,
you'll know how much I loved you 'cause we took the time to play."