By Denise Turney
Millions of readers will enjoy watching Will Smith and his young son share the big screen in the popular movie The Pursuit of Happyness. Before the movie, Will Smith sat down and wrote a book to illustrate the love he has for his child. There is a page in the book that brings to mind a truth men around the world have shared. To become a father and embrace a part of yourself, to hold your own child in your hands, is one of the most powerful experiences. About that experience Will Smith writes, “From the first time the doctor placed you in my arms I knew I’d meet death before I’d let you meet harm.“ Further in the book, Will Smith goes on to write, “Then to my knees and I begged the Lord please let me be a good daddy, all he needs. Love, knowledge, discipline too. I pledge my life to you.“
At a time when many imagine that it is a woman’s responsibility to care for children, Just The Two of Us is a welcomed addition to any book lover’s collection. This is a book that can be read and enjoyed by people of all ages. Although written for children, it is clear that parent and child reading the book together is when the pages really come alive. I especially appreciate how Will Smith openly expresses the adoration and emotions he has for his son throughout the book. There is no attempt to be protective with his heart or his image. He is demonstrative with the affection he has for his children. One can only wonder how loving our families and communities would be if more men allowed themselves to be vulnerable enough to openly and fully express the love and affection, and the deep emotions, they have for their children.
Just The Two of Us is a wonderful children’s book fathers and sons/daughters as well as mother and sons/daughters can read and enjoy. For those who are seeking ways to bond with their children, I encourage you to sit down and read Just The Two of Us as a family. It is a delightful way to celebrate the birth of a child and to remind your older children of how special they are to you and how excited and blessed you felt on the day they were born.
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