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.