Going through my son’s bookshelf, I came across our former favorite book called, I Love You Through and Through. This book is so special and dear to my heart. I have been reading it to him since he was a baby. The words are immaculate to the description of a parent’s love for their child. The words are simple and short, yet enduring.
I love you through and through.
I love your top side.
I love your bottom side.
I love your inside and outside.
I love your happy side, your sad side,
your silly side, your mad side.
I love your fingers and toes,
your ears and nose.
I love your hair and eyes,
your giggles and cries.
I love you running and walking,
silent and talking.
I love you through and through…
yesterday, today, and tomorrow, too.
This book holds so many memories. The days when my son spoke so little and only had a smile to give, I would read this book to him. Then, there were the days when he repeated the words back to me and he learned to mimic them with his tiny fingers. The days, when we remembered it by heart and never looked at the book to mirrors its words. Then, there were the days that it became obsolete and a forgotten book on the shelves.
It was our favorite book, but then other books came along to replace it. He moved onto Dr. Suess, Piggie and Gerald, Disney stories, etc. All of these books have great stories inside of them that touch the souls of our children. They all have stories that tug the heart-strings, spreads joy, surprises the reader and may even ignite their fears. There’s something to learn and love about them all. I’m not opposed to any of these books because I have enjoyed them with my son. However, I miss my son’s first love of books.
I honestly think that I love you through and through is more for me. It is a parent’s perspective of the little pieces of our children that we love. It’s something that I can relate to, it showcases the parts that I love about my son. I love my son’s nose, his dimple below his right eye, the good side, and bad side. I love all of it. I love him through and through. I guess, now I just don’t need a book to tell him how much I love him, I’ve shown him enough through our lives – it’s unquestionable. Without a book, he knows that I love him through and through.