Or is that just me?
I get all excited.
I pet the covers.
I love to hear the crinkle of pages in really old books when you open them up after a long hibernation.
I’m always nervous to be the first to break the binding on new books.
Henry brings home those Scholastic order forms from preschool and I kid you not, I squealed with delight the first time. I remember pouring over those as a kid. And I may, or may not, have sat in a comfy chair with a hot coffee and the preschool Scholastic flyer during naptime.
Over the years, I’ve gotten kinda strict about grandparents buying gifts for my kids…it was seriously out of hand.
But the one thing they can bring and I will never balk at is a book.
Today’s task is all about a simple gesture of kindness and brightening someone’s day.
Give someone a book.
Out of the blue. For no reason. Just because.
Smiles will be had. Pinky promise.
We decided to give our friend Ezra a book. One of our favorites. About a chameleon who wishes he could have a special color all his own. Who wants to be like the other creatures who can call themselves red or blue or green. Until he finds another chameleon friend that will come alongside him so that they will always be the same color. Together. Even as they change from one hue to the next.
Kinda like a family. Being a part of something. Someone to stand beside you. Always.
You see, Ezra isn’t quite home yet…his mama and daddy are working really hard on the adoption process and hope to have him home soon.
So we thought it would be fun for him to have a little gift waiting for him. To let him know we’re really giddily excited to meet him. And that we’ve been thinking about him and praying for him even before we got the chance to squish him.
(Um, Joy. Surprise ruined. Oops.)
Don’t have someone you can think of to give a book to? Want to buy more books (because really, is there such thing as too many)?
Joyful Life is the beautiful project she organized to honor the memory of her sweet son Samuel.
It seeks to provide books to PICUs across the country. To give families fighting the hardest battles a sense of normalcy. To give them something to bond over.
I spent all of one day in the PICU with Jill once and I can tell you that I was quickly bored to tears. The toy/book selection is shockingly slim.
Best of all, it’s ultra easy to give to the Joyful Life Project! There are currently 7 JL Libraries around the country and Heather has set up an Amazon wishlist for each location. You can buy a book and have it shipped directly to the hospital. It really doesn’t get easier than that to give.