Last year, my son received a Hallmark Recordable Storybook as a gift. The story was Frosty the Snowman, the voice was my Dad’s, and the tears that fell when I heard it…well, I couldn’t begin to count them.
Watching my son’s face light up as he turned the pages and heard Pop Pop’s voice was enough to turn me into a tearful mess (and that’s a pretty out-of-character response for me.)
When I heard that “Thumpety thump thump, thumpety thump thump” in my Dad’s voice (which is also pretty out-of-character for him), I just melted. My mom said he retreated to a private area downstairs and recorded the whole book without anyone listening. I’m sure he felt a little self-conscious, but he did it for his grandson, and I honestly can’t imagine a more meaningful keepsake. (And, by the way, my often-tech-challenged father said it was really easy to do and it turned out flawlessly!) I’m not sure I’ve ever heard anything more touching.
So, given that these books make such thoughtful gifts, I’m including them in my Baby Guide as one of the best new baby gifts I can think of. Continue reading