So , to go along with the chicken egg timer he gave me for my birthday, Little E had also wrapped a very useful tin of paperclips and elastic bands, a Minions multi colour pen (LOVE that), and sent a card. I love you to the moon and back, it said, and he had signed it himself.
But what Little E couldn't have known was that, just a couple of weeks before, I had been working on a page about the very book from which that now famous phrase has been pulled:
Guess How Much I Love You has been a favourite here for a long, long time, ever since Uncle Dave heard that he was going to be an uncle and went straight out and bought me a copy. I read it to the baby before he was born (which, I guess, is as good a way as any for a librarian on maternity leave to spend her time), and I read it again after we met him properly, and then of course to his little sister too, after.
In those days we had no idea of the worldwide fame Guess How Much I Love You would go on to achieve. Then, we thought we had found a little gem by a man who lived just down the road, in its first printing, stacked up high in the local bookshop. But it's still selling in thousands, as it should. If you have come across it, you'll know why. If you have yet to enjoy that pleasure - quick, search out someone small and see if they'll share...
This page was made in response to a sketch challenge at Get It Scrapped. The original design is by the hugely talented Corrie Jones, whose pages I admire very much and you can see how it has been interpreted by other Creative Team members (and download a copy of the sketch) on the Get It Scrapped blog right here. The stamp is by Gossamer Blue, I cut the black letters with my Slice machine and just for a change I chose a soft blue background. Now, how much am I thinking about a bedtime story right now? Just. Guess.