This week is going to be all about books. I've been reading a ton lately: going to bed early and snuggling down with a paperback or my Kindle. Yes, I got one for Christmas - or rather, Hubby got one and he gave it to me. He is awesome. I never thought I would enjoy "a reader" so much, but boy do I!
Anyway, I've got books on the brain and I'd love to share my recent reads with you. After all, who doesn't like a good book suggestion?
I have to thank Angie Mizzell for today's book, Ketchup Is A Vegetable: And Other Lies Moms Tell Themselves by Robin O'Bryant, because I won it on her blog. Angie's review of Ketchup caught my eye because I've been reading Robin's column in our local paper, The Moultrie News, for years. I had to comment on the book and I was so tickled that I won. Robin used to live here in Mt. Pleasant, she has a popular blog, she cracks me up, and now she has a book!
And I won it! Very exciting.
Even better - the book is HILARIOUS. I rarely laugh out loud when I read, but this book had me chuckling by page 5. At times, I was laughing so hard that I was shaking, trying not to wake up my sleeping husband after I'd stayed up way too late reading. There is one part, about a pork tenderloin . . . well . . . you just have to read it. I cried with laughter.
So yes, Robin has got the hilarious motherhood stories down, and yes, sometimes the stories are a bit crass - but I'm recommending this book because it is more than a slapstick motherhood memoir. Robin's love for her family, and for her role as mother, shines through at every turn. When she laughs at motherhood, she isn't complaining about it. I like that. I respect that.
She ends the book on an incredibly touching note, but there was one part about three quarters of the way through that really got me. Robin describes how she felt when her oldest daughter, Aubrey, went to Kindergarten:
"I was a teeny bit sad. I cried a little. But it wasn't a selfish sad. . . I was sad for Aubrey and Emma as sisters and best friends. . . The long days of Aubrey and Emma playing together in their pajamas, or more often than not just their princess panties, were over."
That gave me a lump in my throat, because I know that I'm going to feel the same way when Big Guy goes to Kindergarten in August. Our "Pajama Days" are coming to an end, and I thank Robin for pointing that out to me. I'm treasure each morning more now, when we either don't have anywhere to go or we don't have to be at preschool until 9:00 a.m. What a precious luxury.
Would you like to read Robin's laugh-out-loud/lump-in-your-throat book?
Just comment with either the funniest or the sweetest thing that has happened to you in the last week in your role as Mom. I'll randomly pick and announce a winner on Friday, and Robin will send that person a copy of her book. (Thank you, Robin!) If you want to just go ahead and buy it, here you go:
P.S. Happy President's Day. Did you know that it was originally celebrated to honor George Washington's birthday, but it never actually falls on his birthday, February 22nd? Then it was intended to honor Abraham Lincoln, too, but it never falls on his birthday, either (February 12th). Now, some say it simply honors all Presidents. Whatever your preference, click around to learn more (you can learn a lot from Wikipedia!) and while you're at it, say a prayer for our leaders. I'm sure they would appreciate it.