In my last post I shared with you my experiences and views on the lives of our military families. And today this book arrived by post: Night Catch by Brenda Ehrmantraut and illustrated by Vicki Wehrman (published by Elva Resa, c.2014). It is a very simple, but sweet, story of a father finding a way to keep in touch with his son while he is deployed. Those many nights and days of being gone take a toll on both children and their parents. Yet, here is a book intended to help families “catch” a break from the sadness and loneliness. Perhaps the little boy in this story will manage to dodge those deep-seated feelings of abandonment that often plague children of service personnel. When you’re only 4 years old, it’s not easy to understand all those big words about why Daddy or Mommy has to leave for so long.
Night Catch provides a bit of respite. It’s a rhyming story that explains the distance of being far on the other side of the world in a way that a small child might be able to grasp. If you know a young kiddo whose parent is about to be re-assigned to some far away place, you might think about this as a little comfort gift. Hopefully the child would receive it before the big departure so that parent and child could read it together at least once before the parents ships out.
When I was 4 years old, one of my favorite singers was Perry Como. Night Catch inspired me to share with you one of my favorite songs by that wonderful crooner: Catch a Falling Star, performed by Perry Como https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=icuZpMXDEBg