Suzanne's Diary for Nicholas is an amazing love story, for me it was a page turner that I read in less than 24 hours (quite a feat with a nursing baby)! It is an incredible fictional love story set in New York and Martha’s Vineyard. Part of the book includes experiences from the author’s life.
It starts out with Katie, whose lover of 11 months, Matt, (from whom she thought a marriage proposal imminent), unexpectedly leaves with no explanation. He sends Katie an apologetic letter, saying he is to blame and that he hopes she can understand better by reading Suzanne’s Diary for Nicholas.
We feel a tremendous amount of joy and heartache sharing in Katie’s experience reading Suzanne’s diary for her son Nicholas. Throughout the novel, one is anxiously reading on to find out the mystery of why Matt would leave, and what happened to turn upside-down a once picture-perfect life. There are so many interesting twists in the plot which capture one’s interest. In addition, the book imparts some important life lessons along the way. Messages that come from it are the importance of a balanced life, the importance of finding the right person to be with, and the importance of family and love. As a mother to three young children, I wholly related to Suzanne’s feelings toward her son, Nicholas. I also related to the loving relationship between Suzanne and her husband.
I think I might want to name my next son Nicholas after reading this book (if I have another)!
Here are sweet poems written to Nicholas which imparts the joy of having a beautiful, innocent, baby:
You’re my little Nicky Knack
I love you so, you love me back.
I love your toes, your knees, your nose,
And everywhere a big kiss goes.
I kiss you tons, and know what then?
I have to kiss you once again.
Nickels and dimes
I love you in rhythms
I love you in rhymes
I love you in laughter
Here and ever after
Then I love you a million
Gazillion more times!
Here is the story of the 5 balls:
Imagine life is a game in which you are juggling five balls. The balls are called work, family, health, friends, and integrity. And you’re keeping all of them in the air. But one day you finally come to understand that work is a rubber ball. If you drop it, it will bounce back. The other four balls- family, health, friends, integrity- are made of glass. If you drop one of these, it will be irrevocably scuffed, nicked, perhaps even shattered. And once you truly understand the lesson of the five balls, you will have the beginnings of balance in your life.
Other good thoughts:
“Life doesn’t go on forever. Enjoy every moment of it.”
“Isn’t it lucky?”
“You are growing up before our eyes, and it is such a glorious thing to watch. I savor each moment. I hope all the other mommies and daddies are remembering to savor these moments and have the time to do so... I love watching you grow, but at the same time I don’t like seeing this time fly by so fast. It’s hard to explain; I don’t really know how. But there’s something so precious about watching your child day after day after day. I want to hold on to every moment, every smile, every single hug and kiss. I suppose it has to do with loving to be needed and needing to give love.”
“It’s late, and Daddy and I are being silly geese... We couldn’t resist, so we sneaked into your room and watched over you for several moments. We held hands and blew you kisses... [we] hugged each other as we watched you sleep- which is one of the greatest pleasures in the word- don’t miss watching your child sleep.” [Eric and I LOVE to watch little Michael sleeping... we can’t help going in to look at him several time between when he goes to bed and we go to bed.]
“Oh my dear little boy, my innocent little sweetheart, my baby son forever. I miss you so much...I miss you so much, I miss you so much, sweet baby. I always will. But isn’t it lucky that I knew you, held you and loved you, for the [time] before God took you away? Isn’t it lucky that I got to know you, sweet little boy, my darling, darling son?”
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