Sunday, December 14, 2008

We Belong Together

I got a surprise package in the mail a few days ago. It was from P, one of my closest friends. She and I were roommates when we both lived in California. Although we only lived together for a year, and that was 15 years ago, we just clicked at the time, partly due to supporting each other through various crises in our (but mostly her) life: a major break up, a major unrequited love, a TV falling on her head, a hit and run on my car, getting caught in a riot, an attempted mugging in her classroom before school started. We bonded tightly that year and have remained close even though we now live on opposite coasts. Inside the package was a children's book called We Belong Together by Todd Parr. P and I are both children's book addicts. We Belong Together is a book about adoption. My favorite parts are below:

We belong together because. . .you needed someone to help you grow healthy and strong and we had help to give. Now we can grow up together.

We belong together because. . .you needed someone to kiss your boo-boos and we had kisses to give. Now we can all hold hands.

We belong together because. . .you needed someone to say "I love you" and we had love to give. Now, we all have someone to kiss goodnight.


It made me cry. . . in a good way.  I can't wait to read it to our child.  

12 comments:

Beautiful Mess said...

Oh that's so sweet! It made me cry, too!
Hugs,
-D

Wendy said...

Todd Parr writes the most wonderful books! He's a great author/illustrator. What a great gift from your friend. I've been putting together a list of books that I want to check out,too. I'll have to post them on my blog at some point. :)

Yay for having friends that are excited for you and your DH - it's so nice!

Torina said...

Aw, that sounds like a good book. I love good adoption books for kids.

Shelby said...

That sounds like a beautiful book! When it's time to start buying for our little one, however and whenever they come, I'll be sure to look it up.

tickintime said...

What beautiful passages. I can't wait for you to read that book to your little one. I hope and pray it's soon.

Lost in Space said...

Granted, I'm an emotional mess right now anyway, but that is so beautifully written and brought tears to my eyes. What a great book from a great friend.

Ashley said...

Hey Karen!! I came across your blog today for the first time. My husband and I are also adopting through the foster system. We have our last homestudy visit today. It will be no big deal, well I hope it wont. We love our s.w.!! Good Luck!!

Me said...

I love it!!!

Wendy said...

Karen -- Just wanted to wish you a Merry Christmas!

Wendy

Pamela Jeanne said...

Just stopping by to wish you and your DH a terrific holiday ... looking forward to following your journey in 2009. All the best in the meantime!

Guera! said...

oh, that's great. I am on the lookout for some great adoption books.

saucy sal said...

gack - i know i am a year late this, but the excerpt made me cry too... I've been reading back on your blog 'cause we are just about where you were (about to give up on fertility treatments and planning for adoption options...)

your blog is great and i feel like I am reading my own mind half the time. thank you!