Ok, so I know this is supposed to be a blog about books to read to your kids, but, I’m sure you read, too. I pre-ordered this book back in September. It is written by the very talented Kate Spencer. I knew her mom (the dead mom of which she writes) and her dad. I loved her mom, and miss her. I always say if you read a book and you cant put it down (no matter the subject matter), then it is a success. This was a tough read for me, but I couldn’t put it down (success!). While I knew some of the details of Martha’s illness, Kate really gets to the heart of it. I cried because it was sad, maybe sadder because I knew Martha. But, there was more laughter than tears. Laughter, remembering how wonderful and funny Martha was. Laughter, picturing Kate’s dad doing all typical Jim stuff for which we know and love him. This book is a beautiful love letter to Martha, and also to anyone suffering a loss.
“I like to think of our lives this way; we start with one stone at the bottom and slowly build upwards, experiences and moments balancing precariously on top of each other, making up who we are. And when elements knock the rocks over, we rebuild, with the same pieces but a new shape. We are different, misshapen and unsteady, but still whole.”