Thursday, February 21, 2008

HOW DO I LOVE YOU?

ANDREW AND I WENT TO THE LIBRARY TODAY AND I FOUND THE SWEETEST BOOK THAT CONTAINS THE FOLLOWING POEM BY P.K. HALLINAN. IT TRULY CAPTURES A MOTHER'S LOVE FOR HER PRESCHOOLER. ONE THAT IS ROWDY, INQUISITIVE, AND GRASPING FOR INDEPENDENCE...DO ANY OF YOU GUYS KNOW PRESCHOOLERS LIKE THAT? ENJOY.

HOW DO I LOVE YOU?
LET ME COUNT THE WAYS.
I LOVE YOU ON YOUR VERY BEST...
AND VERY WORST OF DAYS.

I LOVE TO SEE YOU LAUGHING
AND DANCING IN THE RAIN.
AND EVEN WHEN YOU LOOSE YOUR SHOES,
I LOVE YOU JUST THE SAME.

I LOVE TO HEAR YOU SINGING.
I LOVE TO SEE YOU SMILE.
I LOVE THE WAY YOU TAKE EACH DAY
IN YOUR OWN UNHURRIED STYLE.

I'M HAPPY WHEN YOU'RE HAPPY,
AND I'M SORRY WHEN YOU'RE SAD.
AND EVEN THOUGH IT MAY NOT SHOW,
I LOVE YOU WHEN YOU'RE MAD.

HOW DO I LOVE YOU?
WELL, NOW, LET ME SEE...
I LOVE THE WAY YOU ACT SO BRAVE
WHEN YOU FALL AND HURT YOUR KNEE.

I LOVE TO WATCH YOU SLEEPING,
TUCKED AWAY IN PLEASANT DREAMS.
I LOVE TO HEAR YOU WHISPER
ALL YOUR GIANT PLANS AND SCHEMES.

I LOVE THE WAY YOU WEAR YOUR PANTS
WITH THE FRONT PART IN THE BACK,
AND THE WAY YOU WALK AROUND SOMETIMES
WITH YOUR HEAD INSIDE A SACK.

I LOVE TO SEE YOU DEEP IN THOUGHT.
I LOVE TO WATCH YOU PLAY.
AND THOUGH I'M SURE YOU'LL NEVER KNOW,
I LOVE YOU MORE EACH DAY.

HOW DO I LOVE YOU?
IT'S IMPOSSIBLE TO SAY.
FOR IF I HAD A MILLION DAYS
AND TIME ENOUGH FOR ALL THE PRAISE,
I COULDN'T TELL YOU ALL THE WAYS...

I LOVE YOU.

5 comments:

Kimi said...

I LOVE IT!!!!....I want that book.

HEAD INSIDE A SACK....or A HEAD INSIDE A BOX...lol...I thought of Andrew going to Mars.

Grannalisa said...

So sweet. Bring's back memories of my own sweet boy when he was little and of my sweet grandon.

Nonna said...

Sweet,sweet poem. Thanks for sharing it with us!

P.K. Hallinan said...

Hi. Thank you for your very nice comments about my book. I truly appreciate them. I wrote this book as a love poem to my two sons, Ken and Mike, about 20 years ago. Since then it has sold well over a million copies. I am very pleased that you like. Many blessings to you and your family,
Your friend,
P.K. Hallinan

Julie Simmons said...

that is one of our FAVORITE BOOKS!!!!

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