Another New Chapter

For 9 years Goodnight Moon has been a part of my life. I swear I’ve read it at least a million times. That means a million times one of my kids has filled in this blank: “And goodnight to the old lady whispering ________.” A million times we’ve turned the lights off in that little house with a ‘click.’ And a million times we’ve blown out the flames in the fireplace on the last page. It has migrated through 3 kids’ rooms and we’ve worn our way through 2 copies…which is the true testament of a great book, in my opinion.

Then a few weekends ago while cleaning my 4 year old daughter’s room, we decided to make some room on her bookshelf. She was ready to part with her Elmo books (which was fine with me) and even a few Curious George books (kind of wistful). Then we found Goodnight Moon. “How about this one?” I asked. “Nah…that’s a baby book,” she answered. It stopped me in my tracks. She was right.

So we’ll stash it away. But I refuse to get rid of it. This is the book that got us through so many challenging bedtimes. The book that always brought a quiet smile to my babies’ faces. The book that made me feel like I was doing something right as a mom.

Time keeps marching on. It’s sentimental and a little sad….but also exciting. We may be saying farewell to Goodnight Moon…but now we’re soaking up Lady Bug Girl, The Magic Tree House, and Harry Potter. So the pages keep turning and  it’s on to the next chapter of life we go.

“Goodnight Stars, Goodnight Air, Goodnight Noises Everywhere”
                                                             -Margaret Wise Brown

Comments

  1. How bittersweet! I read to my babies (3 and 1) every night and Goodnight Moon is not on our reading list. Looks like this one should be a part of our nighttime routine before they get too old for it!

    Thanks for connecting via Sits Sharefest 🙂

    • Definitely should be part of your library…especially for your 1 year old! It’s so calming and lovely. I swear it’s magic. Thanks for stopping by!

  2. This is so sweet, it actually got me a little misty-eyed. My son Jack is only 16 months old so the only interaction he has with books now is holding them, eating them, and tearing out their pages. He sat on my lap the other day with just a book cover and I read him the inside of the cover five times!

    That’s great that your pages are still turning, the books will continue to change.

    • Enjoy the turning of your pages too. It’s so fun to watch them learn to love a good book. (Even if it is just the cover.)

  3. Oh I loved Goodbye Moon and my favorite book was that I’ll Love You Forever book. Still makes me cry!! Thanks for linking up at our Joy of Motherhood link party!

  4. That’s one of our favorites, too and like you we didn’t get rid of it or pass it on to someone else! It’s put away as a keepsake from those nights of snuggling & bedtime. Thanks for joining the Ladies Only Blog Share!

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