This was our first bedtime story of 2019 and I don't think we could have picked a better one. With the ushering in of a new year comes a desire to start fresh. To do better. To be better. But here's the thing, we don't have to wait that long or give up if we find ourselves floundering as we attempt to stick to our new goals or resolutions. We can simply start again tomorrow. Tomorrow I’ll Be Brave sets off on a rather ambitious and most definitely obtainable goal — to be all the things, from adventurous to brave. It talks about trying new things, thinking before you act, asking why and being proud of who you are. It highlights all the wonderful qualities that make our children so special and childhood so magical. It assures our littles that even in all of their braveness if ever they are afraid they have us. We'll be there to teach them, to help them grow and to comfort them.
Aside from the fun illustrations and beautiful lettering, what I love most about this book is that all of the things one will be tomorrow are things that one tried to be today. You don't have to wait. And more than that, even if you aren't able to be one (or any) of the things you tried to be today it's ok. This book gives readers permission to be great but also reminds them that they are already GREAT. What matters more than actually being strong and smart, creative and confident is actually trying. As I read this book I couldn't help but think of it as an intro lesson to the art of showing up. Because, as long as you show up, as long as you begin again, try once more there is a world of possibilities before you. Before all of us. New mercies every morning.
We finished this book with big smiles and hopeful hearts; looking ahead but also looking back and celebrating who we were, who we are in this moment and who we will become. Tomorrow my little one and I will be brave. And in the event that we aren't, we'll try again the next day, and the next. New mercies.
Tomorrow I'll Be Brave by Jessica Hische
p.s. Happy New Year! May all of our tomorrows be filled with hope and the courage to try.