I first met JC Little, the Animated Woman at Blissdom Canada but it wasn’t until the BConnected Conference that I had the great pleasure of hearing her speak. I’ve enjoyed her work for a while but wow – when she presented her latest book, Motherhood, to us….well, she had me in tears. They were those oh-my-gosh-you-just-reached-right-into-my-heart-and-soul tears.Sure, I’ve read other books about motherhood and found some truths in them that I would guess are universal to all mothers but this! This amazingly simple yet beautiful and poignant book just tugged right at my parenting heartstrings as if she had written this book just for me.
At every baby shower I have attended, someone presents the mother-to-be with a copy of Robert Munsch’s “Love You Forever”. It’s a standard for every parent. Well as much as I love that book, I have to say that this book deserves a spot right there on the shelf beside it. Every Mom, every child, every Mom-to-be, every person who has ever felt maternal love for another being NEEDS to read this book. As a soon to be empty nester myself with a daughter who’s getting married in a few weeks and then moving to the UK in a few months, I can tell you that it summed up exactly how I’m feeling right now. It perfectly captures that moment of pure unconditional love that a mother experiences when she gives birth to her child, that moment of heart-bursting pride when her child begins to grow and walk and run and dance, and that bittersweet moment of happy-sadness when the time comes for her child to go out on their own.
I always felt that this quote, “Making the decision to have a child – it is momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body.” (Elizabeth Stone) summed up just how I felt about my role as a mother. With Motherhood, JC Little perfectly captures that sentiment, that bond between mother and child in a way that no one else could. I’ll be ordering copies of this book for my niece who is pregnant with her first baby, for my other nieces who have children from the ages of 8 months to 6 1/2 years old, and for my own Mom whose children left the nest many many years ago because every mother can relate to it from their own unique perspective.
I’m telling you, if there is one PERFECT Mother’s Day gift this year, Motherhood by JC Little is it! You can order the Kindle version on Amazon or a softcover copy on CreateSpace. I received a digital version for review and I’ll be ordering a softcover one for myself as well. After all, I plan on sharing this lovely book with my grandchildren one day.