The Book Has Birthed
I love the Fed Ex man.
Not like I love Darrin, the kids, our dog and Jesus, but the Fed Ex man is on my current top ten list. Every few days the Fed Ex man leaves packages on my doorstep. Boxes of bookmarks. a banner, bookplates.
Yesterday I returned home from enjoying a tasty lunch out with some church friends and found a small brown box on the doorstep. I was on the phone with Darrin and brought the box inside. Our dog, Koa, greeted me like I had been gone a month, or five.
As I ripped through the packing tape, I wondered out loud to Darrin,
“I wonder what they sent me this time?”
The last I checked the Fed Ex tracker (at least three times that day), three boxes of books had made it to Chicago and were scheduled to arrive on Tuesday.
I lifted the packing paper and found a hand addressed card, some book plates, and then under another formal looking envelope with my name typed out, I saw, then gasped. Then said loudly,
“Oh my goodness, Darrin. It’s here. The book. It’s actually here!!”
Darrin congratulated me and we finished up our call.
I pulled out the book and flipped through the pages. My first thought: the book seems thinner than I thought it would be. My second thought: these books will fit nicely in purses and bags of women sitting in waiting rooms and infusion rooms.
I checked the time and jumped in the car to pick up Julia. I decided to see if she would notice, so I placed the book prominently between the seats, resting it in the coin holder section, up against the dashboard. Julia clicked in as I drove off and started rattling off all the happenings of the day and sighed deeply,
“I wish I could do a reading counts test on your book, Mom. I wouldn’t have to read it. Except I wasn’t at the Epcot Center so I wouldn’t know how to answer questions about that part.”
I picked the book up and handed it over to her,
“I guess you could read about that part in here.”
SCREAM. Instant happy tears.
“Oh. My. Goodness! Your book! It’s here! I’m actually holding it! I’m crying!”
We screamed together again, eyes filled with happy tears.
Thank you all for journeying with me all these long months, and years, really. Thank you for your prayers, for believing the book would really happen. Thank you for your enthusiasm, encouragement and support.
Please join me in praying the book will bless many walking the road of cancer.
The book has birthed, and just like with each newborn, I wonder if I’ll ever sleep through the night again….
….the journey has just begun.