"In the great, green room, there was a telephone, and a red balloon..."
Now, we're expecting our fourth child. I'll have to admit we've gone through several copies of Goodnight Moon; our house is not kind to books that are well-loved, as much as I have tried to instill that value.
Many families take a picture album of their family to share with their adoptive child when they first visit them. The wait between court and the homecoming can be long for families and children alike. We adoptive families want our children to begin bonding with us, an impossible task when we're separated by two continents and an ocean.
As many of you already know, Abi is blind. Not totally; she can see a wee bit, like a brightly colored book held close. But pictures of our family probably wouldn't mean much to her. I have wracked my brain for a way to bring a bit of our family to her when we go to court.
The, the other day I saw a commercial for Hallmark's new product: a book that lets you record the story being read. The commercial showed a beloved grandpa reading to his young grandson before leaving for his home far away. It struck me in that moment that a child far away, a child who cannot see the pictures of our family, could listen to her new mommy's voice reading a special book to her. A book that my mommy read to me, snuggled safely in her arms.
I've read this book hundreds of times.
I'm not sure I can get through this reading of it without tears.