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Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Sealed with a Kiss by GAP Author Margaret Rose



The other day I did something I've been avoiding for some time. I put away my youngest child's favorite "babies" forever. When my oldest decided it was time to give up his Oma Bear, we wrote a loving note about this special teddy bear that described how she was a special gift from his Oma, which is the German word for grandmother. Oma Bear was his first gift and spent every night in his bed from the day he came home from the hospital until he was nine. From head to tail, Oma Bear was as long as my son when he was a newborn. My son "visited" Oma Bear in her new quiet home in my cedar chest a few times, and then all was well.

But there was something different about this goodbye because it was the last one. "Baby" was one of those lamb Beanie Babies, sans the ears, tail, and nose. Most of the lamb-looking fabric had been rubbed and washed off and this Baby still resembled dirty dishwater even after a good soak in Tide. You can imagine what I went through when it came time to give Baby a bath. I remember watching my son chew on the ears when he was teething. And the time we forgot it at Grammy's and he had to wait several days to get it in the mail. Baby was there for the hospital stays, the naps, and every kiss goodnight in between. Baby even woke my youngest up with little baby smooches on his cheek, with a little help from Mom. Sigh. It was well past the time to stop all that, but for me, asking him to give up his little bed buddies was also putting an end to a precious time in my life as a mother.

Yesterday when the house was empty, I sat down to write a note to Baby. And when I folded the note and gave Baby a goodbye kiss, there was a lump in my throat and tears in my eyes. I nestled her in the cedar chest next to Oma Bear, Momma Bear, my oldest son's shaggy blanket, and my raggedy stuffed rabbit from my childhood. I shut the lid and wondered, just like the Velveteen Rabbit, what they might be saying to each other as they wait for another child to love them in the distant future.

Margaret Rose has had a passion for the written word since she was a young girl. She became a professional writer and editor after college and is fortunate to be a fulltime writer. By day she works as a copywriter and editor for a small direct marketing firm and freelances feature articles for business-to-business magazines. In the evening hours she writes children's books and romance novels.

Margaret is married and has two children. Some of her passions are all types of music, flower gardening, biking, walking her dog on moonlit nights, nature, and making people laugh. She lives in Minnesota and never plans to leave no matter how cold the winters are.

Visit Margaret Rose at: Margaret Rose Writes
E-mail: Margaret_Rose@rocketmail.com

7 comments:

Cheryl said...

I loved this article, Margaret. Best of luck with your book.

Cheryl

EmmaGlover said...

I loved this -- now I'm taking a trip down "memory lane". Emma

Janet Ann Collins said...

I guess most of us have similar memories. This is beautifully written.

Margaret Rose said...

Thanks everyone. It's nice to have your support and officially join the GAP family with the release of First Spring. I'm equally excited to have this youngest child blogging with me since First Spring was written for him. I look forward to more blogs with all of you, too.

Best,
Margaret Rose
MargaretRoseWrites.blogspot.com

Eileen Morrow said...

Yes, my daughter had ( still has) the quilt her "Oma" made for her when she was a baby. Poor thing is only rags now, but at 26, she still has it, put away after she married. It was the only way she could go to sleep....such beautiful memories:)
Can't wait to read this book.

V.R. Leavitt said...

Beautiful post...makes me remember how precious these days are. My seven year old still has her blanky and I know that'll be a hard thing to give up, for both of us. :-)

NancyCL said...

Wonderful article! Lots of luck Margaret, though I'm sure you won't need it!!!

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