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Issue 27: The Important Thing About the Sky is that it is Always There

Jacob and I have been reading to my increasingly round belly which would seem odd if there wasn't a b

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February 16 · Issue #27 · View online
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Jacob and I have been reading to my increasingly round belly which would seem odd if there wasn’t a baby growing in there. Just two adults lying in bed, picture book propped between us, talking to my stomach. I’m not sure she quite understands what’s going on, but my hope is that the baby will at least recognize our voices as familiar friends upon arrival, rather than the irritating woman who carts her around on conference calls and the man who makes guest appearances to occasionally swear in traffic and ask how long the sour cream has been lingering in the refrigerator.

A few weeks after I found out I was pregnant my mothers gave us The Important Book by Margaret Wise Brown. Even though I can recite Goodnight Moon and The Runaway Bunny by heart (I’ll spare you the pleasure) I had never before encountered this particular gem. 
Brown herself is really worth reading about. While her untimely death was tragic, most other facts about her read like the original manic pixie dream girl: She once won the national title of Fastest Woman in the sport of beagling (during which humans run with dogs), she had a long affair with John Barrymore’s first wife, she left behind 70 unpublished manuscripts in a steamer trunk; she used her first author payment to buy a street cart full of flowers. 
She wasn’t a big fan of children. 
I highly recommend In The Great Green Room, a book about Brown’s life that I’ve been enjoying off and on for months in two-minute spurts before I nod off and my Kindle smacks me in the face. These days it’s difficult to get through much more than a picture book before sweet, sweet sleep claims me. 
But this is not about that. This is about my favorite page of The Important Book, which I want to blow up and wallpaper the bedroom with. It’s helpful to read it again and again during times of stress. 
This morning as we were getting ready for work I hollered “the important thing about the sky is that it is always there!” A solid mantra, even when it seems to be falling down. 
Illustration by by Tallulah Fontaine
Illustration by by Tallulah Fontaine
Just in time for a belated Valentine’s Day gift, I wrote about discovering my dad’s personal ads decades after his death and the remaining mysteries of his romantic life for them., which you can read right over here
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