‘Twas the Night
before Mother’s Day,
Mum lay awake,
The sense of excitement
Was too much to take.
She knew that tomorrow
Would bring her such joys
As gifts from her daughter
And two darling boys.
This laugh out loud little offering shows how one mum – who is, in a way, a part of every mum – lies sleepless through the night before Mother’s Day, enumerating the ‘delights’ the day will hold. First there will be home made gifts and flowers pulled (with roots intact) from the garden. Then there will be breakfast, made with love, but not easily digested. As Mum tosses and turns she frets about these and the other joys the day ahead holds – before thinking, finally, of her own mum who will understand, having been there herself.
In small format hardcover, with cartoon illustrations, mothers will nod in agreement with the humour of the book, making it an ideal Mother’s Day gift, especially from one mother to another. Of course, in spite of the illustrated format this one is aimed at adults rather than children – with little ones unlikely to appreciate the wry humour, although older children and teens may well get it and join in the laughter.
As for this mother – she loved it!
The Night Before Mother’s Day, by Doug MacLeod & Judy Horacek
Allen & Unwin, 2012
This book is available from good bookstores, or online from Fishpond.