by Kerry Tolson @kerrytolson.com
"We are all so much more than the sum of our fragile parts.
We are all our journeys, hopes and dreams, clad in mortal wrapping paper."
Oh my, what a beautiful, breathtaking, heartfelt book this is -
Penguin Bloom "The odd little bird who saved a family"
Exquisite beyond words. I was given this book by a friend to 'have a look through' and upon first turn of the page I devoured its heartbreaking but uplifting story of family whose 'world' was crushed and changed in the instant of a breath.
The Bloom family - Cameron, Sam and their boys; Rueben, Noah and Oliver - were living the ideal dream of many an Australian; embarking on world travel, experiencing new cultures, being in the moment and giving out to the world. Creating glorious memories with their children. Then, in Thailand, their idyllic life is shattered, the simplest of movements on a balcony changes their lives irrevocably forever.
Three little boys witness the most horrific injury imaginable to their mother.
A husband faces losing the love of his life. Sam becomes paralysed.
Returning back to Australia after months in a Thai hospital, and then another seven months in the spinal unit of an Australian hospital, the family finally bring Sam home but she is little more than a shell of her former self and the family is heart-broken. The darkest of thoughts plagues Sam.
Then a little baby magpie called Penguin enters their life and with her brings new hope and energy.
I cried and laughed reading this. I was enthralled. I felt uplifted. I felt intense gratitude and I felt immense pain for this family and that beautiful little bird. This is a book that will make the reader think of the blessings in their own life and how to find gratitude in the smallest of things that come into 'our' lives. This is a book about reaching down deep ourselves and really finding true compassion for others.
Not only is the story and message uplifting, but the beautiful photographs of Miss Penguin Bloom interacting with her 'brothers' - Rueben, Noah and Oliver - and with Sam are gently captivating - I could look at them over and over again and continually feel the spark of joy they emit upon revisiting them.
This is book I will be buying not just for my own shelf, but one I'll buy over and over again to give to others. This is a story to be shared.
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Hello! I'm Kerry
. . . a plan-nothing, have no idea where I'm going travelholic.
A daughter of the gypsies and the wife of a workaholic, I'm forever wondering 'What's over there?' and devising ways to squeeze through the barbed-wire fence of small-business ownership responsibilities and every-day life tangles to discover it.
and this is my book