I was reading a post a couple of days ago, written by my friend lyndylou over at The Giggle Fest. The post was entitled "The Best Present - EVER!!!"
It reminded me of a present that my youngest daughter brought me a couple of years ago for Mothers Day. It's called The Mother's Book by Elma Van Vlietm, and there is a banner across it, which states "The Only Gift Book You Hope To Get Back."
The author had been told that her beloved mum didn't have long to live, and she explained that the hardest part was thinking about how her future would be - a future without her mum. Elma explains that she still had so many questions that she wanted to ask, about her mum, about herself when she was young, and how her mum had felt at particular moments in her life.
So that is why she decided to create The Mother's Book. She realized the truth in the saying, "You don't know what you have, until it's gone."
I am gradually working my way through the book, and filling it with photographs. I have just flicked it open to a page which says "what are the fondest memories you have of your father?"
This is what I have written, "My dad gave me so much love when I was growing up, and I will always remember how he came into the hospital to see me after you (my youngest daughter) were born. (Your dad was in the Army, and couldn't get Leave to see me when you were born - he was serving in Northern Ireland at the time). My dad wasn't very well at all at the time, but he said that he couldn't have me in the hospital with a new little baby all on my own."
That was so typical of the love had had for me. He never let me down.
I remember, as a little girl, playing football with my dad, and him trying to teach me to catch the ball, which always slipped right through my fingers. "Butterfingers" he used to say!
He also painstakingly taught me handwriting. My dad's handwriting was so beautiful."
From this, I think you will see that this was a lovely gift for both of us. I will hand it over to my daughter, who will have all these memories to pass on to her little girl, and I will know that all my memories will never be forgotten.
How beautiful is that?