Recently a friend pointed me in the direction of this book. I just started getting back into a reading mood so it was great to get a meaningful recommendation. After reading the excerpt online, I knew I wanted a ‘real’ copy of this book and not just a Kindle download. There is only a select few books that I plan to keep forever. The Harry Potter series. The Twilight Series (don’t judge me). The Adventures of Winnie The Pooh. The Giving Tree. Somehow I knew Bloom would join this group and it certainly has.
First, I have to say this book is just like the movie Up. I love that movie. But before I loved it, I kinda hated it. It pulled at every heartstring and made me bawl. Like, gut-wrenching sobs that require a box of Kleenex crying. I remember actually saying, “Why did Disney make this movie? It’s awful!” That was during the first 10-15 minutes. If you’ve seen it you KNOW what I mean! But ,the rest of the movie is so fabulous that you learn to appreciate and then nearly forget that gut-wrenching beginning. In fact, you know that without that gut-wrenching beginning, the rest of the story wouldn’t matter and it wouldn’t even be a story. This book is just the same. I cried, hard. So hard my husband thought something was wrong….with me, or a family member, etc. I mumbled back in that awful cry-talk way….this is a really good book!
Written with utter honesty, the reader experiences Kelle’s joy with becoming a Mommy ‘again’ and her heartbreak at discovering that her newborn baby girl has Down Syndrome. I won’t get into the details of the story (you can easily find them), but I will say that I learned a few things by reading it:
- close friends and family are what life’s about. Everyone ‘knows’ this….but really, “know” it. Because in your lowest moments…..who will be there for you?
- the kind of friend I want to be. The support Kelle received from her friends was, in short, amazing. I hope that if I ever have such an opportunity, I will own it and rock it out in a way that makes me proud and that I’ll never have to say, ‘I wish I had done _____’
- Beauty is what you make it, don’t let anyone else define it for you
- Find joy in every day. No matter how hard that day seems, it is your day
Grab a cup of coffee or tea, a snuggly blanket on a rainy day and read this book. Your outlook on life might just change 🙂