Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Let Me Hold You Longer

I hardly set out to be a book review maven with this blog, but I can't help but share when I find a book I really love.

Let Me Hold You LongerKaren Kingsbury's book Let Me Hold You Longer is just such a book!

I will warn you, though, that I have the five years that we have owned this book...EVER read it out loud all the way through without crying. Um, make that sobbing.

I have also NEVER...not even once...made it through without Joe rolling his eyes at me like I'm a lunatic. We have the same conversation every time we read the book...

Me: *snotting ridiculously and voice quivering* "I can't make it through this book."

Joe and all the kids are looking at me, waiting.

Me: (Trying unsuccessfully to read the next page) "I'm sorry, I just can't help it."

Joe buries his head in his arms and checks his watch for the fourth time in 5 minutes.

I gather the kids closer and rub their little heads while tears stream down my face.

Me: "Doesn't this book make you sad?!"

Joe: "Yep" as he rips the book out of my hands and then proceeds to tear through the rest of the pages in record speed and ushers the kids off to bed.

It's not  that the book is's just so precious because she talks about capturing the "lasts"...the last time you tuck them in, the last time they crawl to you with their blankie, their last at-bat in little league, the last time they...Hold on. *sniff* I have to pull it together...

See what I mean??? It's beautiful. It's making sure we take the time to see the lasts instead of wishing that time away.

It's really beautiful. And, yes, I am an emotional mess most of the time, but this book just gets me.

But it's "good" crying, if you know what I mean. It's sweet and precious. Not gut-wrenching eleven o'clock news kind of crying.

I have received no compensation whatsoever for this's just something I wanted to share becaue I so love this book! I hope you'll buy it (click on the picture above) or get it at the library so you can see what I mean.

If you do read it...let me know...and have a kleenex handy. It's a "two-hanky" read for sure!


  1. Wow ! Just wrote my heart out and for some reason it deleted it ! It was great Mandy. I wrote about the "firsts" being important also. Once they are in your mind and heart "NEVER' forget them, kust sometimes they are locked in a secret place and you can take them out and relive them all over and as many times as you like.
    We are blessed to have our children , grandchildren and great grandchildren.
    love you more than air, Mandy. Mom

  2. I want to read it! My kids are all big now, but there were many times that I was reading to them and I would get the chocked up voice and the tears would start. They would say Are you Crying Mom? Yes, I am...I can't help it I'm a crier. :)

  3. Thank you for letting me know I'm not alone! It is easily one of the most beautiful children's books I've ever read. In the foreword, Karen Kingsbury talks about how she wrote it often with tears in her eyes. My husband walked in the room last night as I was reading the foreword (and crying!) and he laughed at me...his over-emotional , sensitive wife. =)

  4. Thank, Mom. Sorry your comments got deleted. Sometimes these computers have minds of their own! =)

  5. I'm sure he's just tired... but I'm sorry Joe doesn't understand. That makes me sad that he doesn't cherish your tenderness regarding the special moments in our lives.

  6. Ha Ha! Most of the things I write on here are tongue-in-cheek. Joe's great. He's just a boy! =) He can't help it. But to be truthful...If anyone tears up over our's Joe!

  7. Great childrens books!
    Stopping by from SITS to say Hi!
    I am adding you so I can come back & read more!
    Please stop by!

  8. Hey, SITSta! Thanks for stopping by. I will be by "your place" to. Thanks for the comment. =)

  9. LOL. Not that I'm laughing at you crying but I can so see my step-mom crying at this book.

    Now, if I would have read this book last year during my pregnancy or right after Baby Bird's birth, I would have been a wreck. I do get teary eyed just thinking about how they grow up so quick. That will be the way the hubby tricks me into another baby.

  10. So funny...hubby tricking you into another baby. Around here it's ME who says "Let's just have another one." =)

    If you go to the author's website and read the other reader's reviews, they all say the same thing: they can't read it without CRYING!! =) Ha Ha!


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