I’d Know You Anywhere, My Love.

The first book Sam ever received was I’d Know You Anywhere, My Love by Nancy Tillman.  I vividly remember being pregnant and opening the package from my Aunt Jude.  I sat on my couch and read the story out loud to myself with tears running down my cheeks.  It’s true, I thought, I would know Sam anywhere.

The book, among others, has rested unopened on his bookshelf.

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After visiting him this afternoon my heart told me it was time to open it again.  Thoughts raced through my mind about the sadness I feel because I can’t rock Sam in his blue chair and read the words to him.  Although he’s not here – he’s heard the words.  I’ll forever cherish our moment on the couch, when I read to you.

It’s still true, Sam, I’d know you anywhere.

I’d Know You Anywhere, My Love

(Nancy Tillman)

There are things about you quite unlike any other. . .

things always known by your father and mother.

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So if you decide to be different one day,

no worries. . .I’d know you anyway.

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If one day we’re walking and talking, just us,

when you’re abracadabra, a rhinoceros. . .

I might be surprised, but just for awhile. . .

I’d know it was you by your magical smile.

If early one morning, you put on your socks

and declare, “For today, I’m a little red fox!”

I’d say, “My, my. . .that is quite a disguise!”

But I’d know it was you by the gleam in your eyes.

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If you were a camel,

I’d know by your grin.

Little pink pig?

Your chinny chin chin. . .

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White snowy owl? Among other things,

I’d know by the flap of your snowy owl wings.

My eyes and my ears and my arms always know. . .

from the top of your head to your tiniest toe.

Wild spotted pony? Easy, my sweet.

I’d know it was you by the sound of your feet.

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If you were a bear cub. . .

I’d know by your nose.

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Ringtail raccoon?

Your clever tiptoes.

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Blue-footed booby?

I’d know at first glance

by your wonderful,

one-of-a-kind happy dance.

And if one day you got bored and you said,

“Today I’m not me, I’m a lion instead”

even if I’d never heard it before,

I’d know it was you by the sound of your roar.

I know you by heart, so my heart never misses.

I’d even know you by your whiskery kisses.

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Fox or koala, giraffe or raccoon. . .

anything, anywhere under the moon.

Whatever it is you imagined to be,

I’ll just be so proud you belong to me.

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I’ll kiss every whisker and smooth every hair. . .

Because, child of mine, I’d know you anywhere.

You are loved.

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3 thoughts on “I’d Know You Anywhere, My Love.

  1. How sad. I have my Sam’s little first Bible and every once in a while, I sit in the nursery and read a few chapters out loud for him. My goal is to finish the book for him before we welcome another baby (God knows when). Big hug to you ❤ Your Sam was beautiful.

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