You do such great theme-atic posts at Milk and Cookies that I wanted to offer an idea for your to research and write about. Also….I need help! (major help!!!).
I’m a full-time nanny for a fabulous little boy who is one. I’ve been watching him since he was born. In a mere 4 weeks I’m moving half way across the country for my husbands new job. We’re excited but I sob everytime I think of leaving this sweet little one who I love so much. His mother and I are friends and I know I’ll see him again…but not for awhile and I’m so sad he won’t remember me. I want to give him a special gift when I leave but can’t seem to find what fits the situation. I love him to pieces! We play in the fountains and I run wild through them with him. We look at all the dogs that come within any distance to us. We kick balls through the park, We eat lots of yummy treats like ice cream and italian ice that his parents would not approve of (ha ha kidding!). We read, we play, we sign…he’s gotten so good at signing! Ok…anyway, what’s a good momento to leave behind? I don’t want to just give a gift that sits on a shelf and can’t be touched or another stuffed animal. Maybe a special book that fits the occasion? Any thoughts, suggestions, tips etc. would be great.
I wish you hadn’t said book, because now I can’t be the genius who comes up with that idea. I think a storybook (especially if it includes stories you’ve read with him) is the perfect idea, and you can write a long sentimental inscription on the inside of the cover to make it even more meaningful. In fact, you can write a modified version of this very letter, telling him all the things you two did together and how much you’ll miss him and how sorry you are that he won’t remember you but that you’ll always remember him. If you have a snapshot of the two of you together, you can glue that to the page next to the inscription. You can read the stories to him before you go, and then his parents can read him the stories, and then he can read them to himself—and, if we may dwell for a moment on a happy fantasy, maybe someday he will read them to his own children. Oh weep!
In fact, I have just such a book myself: it was my book when I was a child, and I’ve read it to my own kids. It’s Richard Scarry’s Best Storybook Ever! (photo from Amazon.com), 288 pages, $11. I suspect I’ll be the grammie who pulls out the disintegrating old-timey book to read to her longsuffering grandchildren.
When my first baby was born, my parents wanted to buy him a sentimental birth gift, and they chose The 20th Century Children’s Book Treasury (photo from Amazon.com), 320 pages, $26. I can’t BELIEVE how many classics and new classics are in this book: Make Way for Ducklings, Madeline, The Snowy Day, Millions of Cats, Guess How Much I Love You, Goodnight Moon, Chicka Chicka Boom Boom—it’s like all the books from my childhood plus all the books from my kids’ childhood. I lovvvvvvvvve it.
James Herriot’s Treasury for Children: Warm and Joyful Animal Tales (photo from Amazon.com), 260 pages, $14. My friend Mairzy, whose family is VERY book-loving, mentioned loving this book, and my mom bought a copy to read to the grandchildren. HUGE HIT WITH EVERYONE.
Everyone else, do you have a good gifty storybook to recommend? Or do you have other ideas for Belle?