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 some of the beautiful, moving text:
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!
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.
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.
~ Nancy Tillman
*Do not look for this at your library. Buy it.