Monday, April 4, 2011

I'm Writing A Book...

...but you'll never be able to buy it.

I am writing Emily and Steve a book for their wedding.  It is nothing fancy...just a spiral bound book of blank pages.  

Recently I read a couple of books where a parent has written his child a book of letters.  So I had this *bright* idea that I should do that for Steve and Emily.  Steve has said several times that he wished he knew Emily when she was a little girl.  I am trying to put down on paper some of her antics and escapades...things that have endeared her to us, as well as give Steve a glimpse of what it was like to watch her from infancy until now.

Yesterday I let Emily read my first two entries and asked her if I should keep it up or ditch it now.  She implored me to continue, so I guess it is serving its purpose.  She will be able to read things I thought but never told her.  Isn't that the beauty of a book...being able to "read" the author's mind?  A lot of them will be things that she was too young to remember.  Some will the the circumstances around events that she was unaware of at the time.

I hope it is a meaningful gift for the two of them.  One of my friends who also has a daughter getting married this fall asked me if I was sad that Emily was leaving us.  OF COURSE!  One of my goals is to only express happiness at their rehearsal dinner and wedding.  I.  am.  happy.  But I will also be so very sad to have her leave our house.  I am thrilled for who Steve is and who I see him becoming.  Could not have picked a better husband for her myself (if that were even possible).  But it is bittersweet for me.



Leeanne said...

Is Emily your first child to be married?
Love the book idea.

Me and My Stitches said...

What a great idea! I'm sure they will both cherish the book forever.

sarah, rsm said...

what a marvelously wonderful idea! i know it will be loved and treasured.

Samantha Roschelle Jackson said...

Wish I would have had a mom to do stuff like that.... I think that is an awesome idea! I have never heard of that, so I have now decided to do that for my son-in-laws (yes I know, it is a LONG time from now!) Thanks for the inspiration :-D

suz said...

Joan, this is such a lovely idea. My son is out on his own now. While I miss him terribly, it is best for him AND me. We both get to grow in new ways. Of course, there is only the two of us, so it's a different dynamic than the one you have. Still, it's strange not to have him around.