This morning I woke up and looked out the window…and saw that overnight the snow gods dumped a clean, fresh batch of white snow over the land. It was a winter wonderland… yep, even though it’s May 8th, it was unexpected BUT it was a gorgeous site to look at! (Most of it had melted by the time I had come home from work at 5pm…)
It’s always hit-or-miss when I head to the post office… sometimes finding nothing, and other times…finding my box full of purchases, bills and sometimes even letters from loved ones! This afternoon I decided to go check on my mail box… I enjoyed the sun, and the breeze on my face as I walked there. I was hopeful…that my books would be in my box…but didn’t want my hopes up too much. You see I pre-ordered some books…and then got an email April 17th saying that my books were on their way. (side note: I just looked up the email in my inbox..and guess what? the estimated delievery date was May 8th! Score one for Amazon…and Canada Post you actually delivered on time! )
Kelle Hampton‘s book Bloom FINALLY made it to Pang!!! Bloom: finding beauty in the unexpected is a memoir of Kelle’s life after the birth of her 2nd daughter, Nella. When Nella was born Kelle and Brett learn she was gifted with an extra chromosome and had Downs Syndrome. If you haven’t you should read Nella’s Birth Story. I was so excited…I had wanted to read this since I pre-ordered it back in January! I was so excited that I even looked past the fact that somewhere along the line during shipping that my package had been opened with a knife and then randomly re-taped but wasn’t really ‘closed’ again. Thanks Canada Post!
I walked back to the office with a smile on my face… and wishing I could head home and curl up on the couch and read it. I went back to the office…and held off opening it up until my coffee break. Quickly scanning the pages, looking at some of Kelle’s amazing photos… then showing some self-restraint packed it back up in the box and then into my bag for the rest of the work day.
I couldn’t wait until 5pm…. once I got home I put on some comfy clothes… and started to read. I’ve always been a fast reader… the type that once I start a book, and I’m into it… I can’t stop until it’s done. Whether that be midnight or 3am…I read until it’s done…I need to get to the end of the story. Kelle’s book was just like that and I was sad the closer I got to the back of the book…that the end was coming, because really it was just beginning.
I tried not to rush through the book… there’s so much emotion…grief, sorrow, laughter, joy and love expressed between it’s covers. While reading it I felt like I had been alongside Kelle on the journey… through Nella’s birth and first year of life… there’s a part of me that respects and admires Kelle for her fierce love for her girls, her family and openness to share her thoughts, awakenings with the world at large. Kelle has a fantastic gift with words. Her photography is a constant inspiration to me…her words and photos in Bloom were beautifully crafted, a labour of love. Kelle’s book made me think… I suppose a good book does make you reflect, and question is there anything you can take for yourself…and apply to your own life. I haven’t gone through an experience like Kelle…but still there were lots of things in the book that struck a cord with me. One of the things that really struck home was when Kelle described…
“The net,” my friends call it- the ever- present existience of one another, standing by, ready to catch any one of us who might be falling. Kelle Hampton, Bloom, pg. 59
Friendship is one of the world’s best gifts. Friends that are your ‘peeps’ that get you…and love you. As I was reading Bloom it struck me how I too am blessed with some amazing friends…women that are in my life…despite living in different cities, separated by huge distances…we are there for each other through each other’s pain, sorrow, grief but also laughter, happiness and joy…
Friendship is just what makes the world a wee bit sweeter…and if I were a diabetic…well I’d be in trouble, because friendship has made my world sweet enough to put me in a diabetic coma.
One thing I will take away from this book… is to look for the beauty in the unexpected…and enjoy all the small things that life brings my way…always mindful of the friends that I have been blessed with…
Thank you Kelle for sharing your story.