It was my intent that when she turned 18 I would give her the book. Well, at that time, it just didn't feel right. So, I moved the date out to "when she graduates from college."
Well, that date comes this weekend.
The book is full of great moments including:
- Her first week with us when she was fussing in her bassinet, which she hated.
- A day out in the back yard when she 3 or 4 and was swinging on the swing, singing away - something she never did. But that day she did. It was magical.
- The day I took her to Eble Park skating as a 5 year old and for some reason it touched me enough that I had to write about it.
- The night after Ben was born, I wrote about how she shared her toys with him.
- One entry was about how she wanted me to say "Mommie's prayer." I told her I didn't know it and could she say it. So she said, "Now I way me down to sweep..." Slayed me!
- I wrote about her catching her first musky up north and how proud it made me.
There are a ton of other entries in there. Part of the fun of getting it ready to give to her was looking back on some of these things that I don't even remember.
The whole thing made me realize again how quickly life passes. I am so glad I took the time to put down these fleeting thoughts. I only wish I'd done it more often - though the book is only about 10 pages from being filled.
I often tell people, it is one of the two most important books I'll ever write.
The other is to my son, Ben who I've done the same thing for.
I highly recommend this practice to all you young parents or grandparents out there!
*The book itself was actually a gift to us from our friend, Jacqui White, when Sarah was born.