Tender Moments Waiting

Last Update: March 04, 2015

So many people miss the experience of preparing for a new addition to the family. For one thing, how many nurses experience joy when a woman finds out she is expecting a baby? I remember when I had my first positive pregnancy test. The nurse came in and almost morbidly said, "....It's Positive." I said, "really? I am pregnant?" She looked at me and smiled. Then she said, "your happy?" "Hey, if you're happy I am happy."

That is why it touches me so much to read about a family who is all involved during the 9 months it takes for a baby to be born. I was priviledged to sit beside my student while whe read Before You Were Here. This is a great book that is mostly English, but is Spanish in a few areas. I like the way my student explained to me what the words meant when we came upon the Spanish words. Sometimes, I knew because the word was close to English or there was some visual cue. Sometimes, they knew the meanings, but they were not sure how to explain the meaning to me. They would use arm motions such as trying to show me a rocking chair. I loved that example and easily understood it.

We started out reading the dedication page which was to those who had been supportive during the writing of the book and the author thanked Mom.

This is a heartwarming story about a mother who is expecting a baby. Her husband who also lives in the same house, is involved throughout. He knows there will be a need for a rocking chair, so he goes out and cuts down a walnut tree. Then he puts forth much effort to build the perfect rocking chair for "cuddle time" that Mom will spend with the baby.

The brother asks mom "when will the baby be old enough to play baseball with me?" The sister draws a picture of the whole close family so the baby will have a picture to look at. The mother and the baby listen while daddy gets out a guitar and sings poetry, just in case the baby is listening.

The grandmother paints the bedroom with elephants, tigers, giraffes, and 5 monkeys so the baby can go on a jungle safari in his or her imagination. The grandfather listens to the baby and makes a neat comment about his perception of the baby's future. The sister listens to the baby and shares what she guesses the baby will like to do.

One of the family makes rice and milk or a rice pudding for the mother so the baby will have a good nature about him/her. One of the family makes mother beans and rice so she will be healthy. There is a time shown in the story where the whole family is on a porch swing in the front of the house while mother is eating a bowl of cherries.

It is a very touching book how everyone is involved and they eagerly wait for the coming arrival. I so see from my perception that the little things of preparation are very missed out on in today's society. Everything is so readily available to be convenient. BabyShowers are set up so needs can be met and that is all well and good. However, have we started to forget the family interaction when the baby is on the way?

Just a thought.

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Christabelle Premium
What a beautiful story that I hope will bring reflection and inspiration to others who read it! Thank you for sharing this wonderful story, it brought back pleasant memories!
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JewelCarol Premium
Such a beautiful story, thanks very much for sharing, Reading. ;)
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lillakiara Premium
Lovely and thought provoking! In today's society we don't take time for the little things and it's our loss. Namaste, Kristina
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rosieM Premium
Beautiful.....and thank you for sharing this.....I am forwarding in the hopes of inspiring others as well....
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reading Premium
Means a lot.
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booklover2 Premium
I always say 'reading is knowledge' and 'knowledge is power' to achieve the things we want in life...in any language
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reading Premium
I had the most exciting time with my 10 year old. Maybe it was visiting your site and a movie I saw gifted hands with Cuba Gooding Jr but something was a major wake up call. I told my son we were going to get some books at the library and it better be something he liked because I expected him to spend 30 min at a time with them. Twice this week he went upstairs to read and he took a nap. He doesn't read well anyway. But last night he brought down his rock book. I let him stay on pages and comment as long as he wanted. Such a delight.
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booklover2 Premium
I have alot of rock books, mostly for identification of arrowheads, but I really enjoy them, good for him, he will learn alot!
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SharonAllen1 Premium
My dear there is so much that has been forgotten that I truly believe that the FAMILY in this country, is nearly extinct. A new born baby is the most precious gift that God can give. Believing as you do, do you not find it hard to believe that more women celebrate the laws of abortion than celebrate the birth of a baby? God bless you for being such a sweet and caring person.
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reading Premium
Family man and woman husband and wife leaving parents home is the beginning foundation. There are things I cannot reach with my husband because of stupid practices our generation and society push. The practice of dating the way people do is practice for divorce. I grieved when I saw a 2nd grader I know start wearing lipstick. What message is that sending? And the ones playing house with kids not married? What are we passing down now?
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SharonAllen1 Premium
I don't know but I do know that it is not good. Woman like you are hard to find. As for the second grader wearing lipstick. Why do parents think that it is cute for kids to look grown-up when they are still infants? Being grown up is not fun. The decisions we have to make as adults are not addressed to kids. Be sure to PM me if you wish to continue this conversation, or just blow off steam, I get so worked up about this subject and so few people want to listen, how about you?
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