Wednesday, August 11, 2010

A girl & her coat

You can learn many things from children.
How much patience you have, for instance.
~Franklin P. Jones

Sunday, August 8, 2010

The Possibility Of Everything

I just finished reading this book for the second time. Hope Edelman's The Possibility of Everything is wonderful. I loved it for many reasons but most of all because it could have been me. I have a three year old with boundless energy and a wild imagination, I am quite often raising my daughter whilst the Mr is working, I am quite often looking for alternative answers to the 'alternative' problems (health and otherwise) that I encounter.

This book explains the story of a time when Hope tries to balance everything in her life. She tries to be a mum, a wife, a friend, everything at the same time as trying to keep her sanity. She has a beautiful three year old daughter who has an imaginary friend. The imaginary friend does not seem to be entirely harmless and seems to blur the lines between a child's harmless 'phase' and a mental health issue.

I think because the Madam is the same age that Maya was in the story or of because of my similarities to Hope with my constant need to research and analyse every aspect of parenting but I actually found this book to be quite emotional. I could feel my stomach knot and then my smile come at different times. I know that I would do what hope did and go to the ends of the earth for my girl.

I am yet to read her other books but loved The possibility of everything - it was one of those books you can read in couple of days (yes the washing stacked up!). I did find though it peaked my interest in the amount of detail she put in about different subjects which is why I had to go back and read it again.

I would recommend this to anyone, parent or not, and I would love to hear what you think of it if you have read it!

This is the book trailer.....enjoy