Saturday, April 2, 2011

Wherever You Are: My Love Will Find You*



It is necessary as a parent to explain to your children the unconditional, ubiquitous and immeasurable love you have for them.  Consistently.  Repeatedly.  They need to hear it, to understand it and to feel it.  As long as I'm still tucking my boys in, we will be reading this book every night. 

Here is the beautiful, moving text in its entirety:  

I wanted you more
than you ever will know
so I sent love to follow
wherever you go.
It's high as you wish it. It's quick as an elf.
You'll never outgrow it...it stretches itself!

So climb any mountain...
climb up to the sky!
My love will find you.
My love can fly!

Make a big splash!  Go out on a limb!
My love will find you.  My love can swim!

It never gets lost, never fades, never ends...

if you're working...

or playing...

or sitting with friends.

You can dance 'til you're dizzy...

paint 'til you're blue...

There's no place, not one, 
that my love can't find you.

And if someday you're lonely, 
or someday you're sad, 
or you strike out at baseball, 
or think you've been bad...

just lift up your face, feel the wind in your hair.
That's me, my sweet baby, my love is right there.

In the green of the grass...in the smell of the sea...
in the clouds floating by...at the top of a tree...
in the sound crickets make at the end of the day...

"You are loved.  You are loved.  You are loved," they all say.

My love is so high, and so wide and 
so deep, it's always right there, even 
when you're asleep.

So hold your head high
and don't be afraid
to march to the front
of your own parade.

If you're still my small babe
or you're all the way grown,
my promise to you
is you're never alone.  

You are my angel, my darling, 
my star...and my love will find you, 
wherever you are.

You are loved.  

~ Nancy Tillman



*Do not look for this at your library.  Buy it.



8 comments:

  1. They have this in recordable format now at Hallmark. Bought it!

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  2. Just purchased this for my son, who is waiting for us in China. I bought the recordable version and shipped it to him at the orphanage so he becomes familiar with our voices - my husband and I took turns reading the text.

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  3. I bought this for my sister, her two younger children, my parents and myself after the sudden death of my oldest nephew. We all need to be reminded that our love finds him and his love finds us, still.

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  4. I purchased this book for a baby shower but after reading it I decided that it was meant for my infant grandson, John Pearson Clay. I read it to him every time I went to visit him in the PICU unit of Batson Children's Hospital in Jackson, MS. Quotes from this book were used several times after we lost him on 3/28/14 on their blog
    www.chroniclesofclay. Thanks for sharing.........

    Malinda Clay
    Columbus, Mississippi

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  5. Crying. Love this. Thanks for sharing it.

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