Friday, April 1, 2011

The Book That Made Me Bawl My Eyes Out...In The Middle of The PX.

I had decided a few weeks into knowing I was pregnant that I wanted to buy something special for the baby. Just one, maybe two, little items that would be the first things we have and things we could cherish. I think it's something I am going to do for each of my children...buy one or two special things that we will use often while they're babies, and then save away in a memory box. So I set off in search of that special thing. I looked for a special little onsie, a toy, a blankie...anything that would strike my eye and say to me "I'm special!". Funnily enough, after searching the baby sections in a whole bunch of stores, I found my special thing in the place I least likely thought I would...the PX on base.

Ironically, I wasn't even really looking for a baby thing when I found it. I was in the book section at the PX, just looking for something new to read when I spied this blue covered children's book on an end cap. The cover had this happy little baby face peering out from underneath an American flag. How cute, right? So I decided to flip through....

OH DEAR. Oh no. Please don't start in the middle of the PX. Not here. Stop reading and hold it in. You can't cry in the middle of a store! Really with this right now???? There I stood, in the middle of the book section in the PX, the tears just flowing like a bad leaky faucet with no end in sight. That damn book made me cry! A children's book, of all things! And they weren't bad tears in the least! That children's book was the most amazing book I've ever read in my life. AMAZING. It was this beautiful book about how when daddy (or mommy, for those brave females who serve our nation) is away, he is always thinking of our baby and missing them so. This was the first time I had ever seen a children's book like this...and written by a civilian, no less! I was beyond touched by this book, and immediately knew this was my special gift for my baby.

For those of you interested, the book is called "Dear Baby: I'm Watching Over You". It's by Carol Casey, illustrated by Mark Braught, and is available on Amazon or at a base PX near you. I HIGHLY recommend this book to all Military families!

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