How to Make A Reader's Respite Cry

Well perhaps the term would be "mist up." Either way, it results in Big Kid stating, "mommy, you haf tears."

Method #1: Be a Secret Santa to A Reader's Respite.

Dar at Peeking Between the Pages has perfected this method by sending a reader's utopia of gifts that she picked out using my weekly wishlists that I ramble on about and included such items as Toni Morrison's A Mercy, Eva Etzioni-Halevy's The Triumph of Deborah, bookmarks, sticky notes (How did she know I *heart* sticky notes?), and a handmade ornament for the tree.





Have a looksy








Method #2: When A Reader's Respite's munchkin (aka Little Kid) says MaMa for the first time. I tried my best to coax a repeat performance out of her just for you, but the lure of shiny electronic equipment proves to be too much of a distraction.

So you get this:



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21 comments:

  1. Isn't Dar great?! Oh, and you have a precious babe! At least the tears were happy ones.

    --Anna
    Diary of an Eccentric

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  2. Michele, I am so glad it arrived and glad it has made you happy. Sorry I didn't wrap it up pretty. I still can't believe I did that. lol. Enjoy and Merry Christmas!

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  3. "ma ma" is the sweetest word I've ever heard - I wish I would have recorded my daughter saying it

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  4. Oh Michele...she is just the sweetest, most precious little thing. Damn you woman...now I want one! Haha...

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  5. ps-your baby girl is so precious. This video is adorable-brought a smile to my face.

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  6. Dar - wrapping? Are you kidding me? I'm the mom so I don't normally get presents and yours was so AWESOME I just can't tell you!

    Amy - beware of packages arriving that have air holes poked in the side. ;)

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  7. So cute! I think I heard a little "mama" in there. :)

    Great Christmas present!

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  8. Such a generous secret santa! Your gifts are lovely.

    And that baby? Simply beautiful!

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  9. She is an adorable munchkin! It did sound like there was half a mama in there!

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  10. Isn't it just the best when they say Mama for the first time? My son used to mimic me and point to his chest and call himself Mama for the longest time. Oh well, he got it eventually.
    Great Secret Santa gifts!

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  11. What a little cutie you have! Those little babies are the greatest gifts of all.

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  12. Aww, LK gets pretty close at about 0:11.

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  13. Dar did great and the video is precious. Smiles all around.

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  14. I can't wait to see how you like the Deborah book. My mom has it and I have been considering picking it up...

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  15. Hey! I find 'shiny electronic equipment' a distraction too!! That is a fairly cute kid. ;-)

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  16. Dar is fantastic - I love that girl. She is so very thoughtful and sweet and I'm so glad we've become friends. Lucky you having her as a secret Santa, Michele!!!

    Shana
    Literarily

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  17. Trust Dar on doing something like this :) She is a real sweetheart.. Love You Dar :)
    And Love you Michelle.. u r so cute :) and your lil one is an angel **touchwood**
    she is so beautiful :)

    ((HUGZZ)) to both the mom and mom's girl :)

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  18. Oh my. Sooooooooo cute. Tear up all you want. And what a terrific secret Santa! Hope you have a zillion such days to come.

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  19. I was going to comment on the books, but sorry your little girl stole my comment.
    She is so cute and she seems real fascinated by the camera :)

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  20. Oh your baby is so adorable! Thanks for sharing. Very cool with the present too. I wasn't able to participate this year.

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  21. Very cool for both reasons! What a cute babe!

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