I know I said I will manage my Booksale impulses this year. Promise, I really trying hard. If there is a book in the top 100 children’s list that I really want, it’s Someday by Alison Mcghee. I asked so many BookSale staff including the ones in their warehouse, to notify me as soon as there is one. No one got back to me.
We were in the SM Bicutan branch a couple of weeks ago. I removed a couple of books from the rack so Aki can easily browse the covers. The next thing I knew, this book fell into my lap. It was meant to be.
If you are a mom, you can definitely relate to this book. If you are a mom with curls and your daughter has straight hair, you have to have this in your family library. If you are not a mom, I hope you remember your mom when you read this book.
One day I counted your fingers and kissed each one.
One day the first snowflakes fell, and I held you up and watched them melt on your baby skin.
One day we crossed the street, and you held my hand tight.
Then, you were my baby, and now you are my child.
Sometimes, when you sleep, I watch you dream, and I dream too…
That someday you will dive into the cool, clear water of a lake.
Someday you will walk into a deep wood.
Someday your eyes will be filled with a joy so deep that they shine.
Someday you will run so fast and so far your heart will feel like fire.
Someday you will swing high – so high, higher than you ever dared to swing.
Someday you will hear something so sad that you will fold up with sorrow.
Someday you will call a song to the wind, and the wind will carry your song away.
—> This is the part that made Aki and me cry <—-
Someday I will stand on this porch and watch your arms waving to me until I no longer see you.
Someday you will look at this house and wonder how something that feels so big can look so small.
Someday you will feel a small weight against your strong back.
Someday I will watch you brushing your child’s hair.
Someday, a long time from now, your own hair will glow silver in the sun.
And when that day comes, love, you will remember me.
I remember when I was about to study in UP Diliman. I was so excited about living away from home. I wanted to experience how it was to be on my own. After reading this book, I realized that I did not even check how my mom was feeling. When I was excitedly packing my clothes, maybe she was silently weeping. Or maybe when I was having my first meal at the dorm with my new friends, she was having dinner all by herself. I told myself that I want Aki to experience living in a dorm someday. Now, for selfish reasons, I am having second thoughts.
When Aki and I got to this part, he kept asking, ” Bakit alis siya?” (Why is she leaving?) I explained to him that when I was still small, I lived in Lola Do’s house. When his dad was still small, Daddy lived in Babita’s house. Now that we have grown up, we have our own house. I told Aki, when he is older he will get his own place too. To this, Aki with teary eyes replied, “But I need you!” I told Aki that he can stay in our house for as long as he wants. Aki said,” I not leave my mummy.” So we hugged, and kissed and promised each other that we will always be there.