It All Started With Mr. Hatch

It All Started With Mr. Hatch

Quite a few years ago, when my children were little, we discovered a lovely book called Somebody Loves You Mr. Hatch.

“Mr. Hatch is a lonely man who ‘keeps to himself.’

One wintry day near Valentine’s, a postman delivers
a mysterious package with a big pink bow to him.

‘Somebody loves you,’ the note says.

‘Somebody loves me!’ Mr. Hatch sings as he dusts his living room. ‘Somebody loves me!’
Mr. Hatch whistles as he does his errands in town. ‘But who,’ Mr. Hatch wonders, ‘could that
somebody be?’

After some time, Mr. Hatch discovers just who admires him and his life is  changed forever.”

This simple children’s book reveals what is true in all of us. We all want to be admired!

I actually have read this book aloud at my neighborhood Bible study for the past few years. But last year, I did something a little different. Unbeknownst to the ladies, I secretly contacted their children. I had just one question: “What do you admire about your mom?” Some of the children were grown and had families of their own. Some of them were very young. One by one, their responses came.

I had assembled some of the most precious words I have ever read.

The morning of our Bible study came. It was a wintry day near Valentine’s.  I read aloud Somebody Loves You Mr. Hatch.  And then I read aloud the notes the children wrote for their moms.

“I admire that my mom is hard working and tidy.”

“My mom is always there for me.”

“I admire that she is very sweet. She also has a lot of patience.”

“What I admire most about my mom is the way she cares about people.”

“My mom loves to help others in any way she can and will always make time for someone who just needs to talk. She is the most caring person I’ve ever known.”

“I admire how my mother loves me for who I am despite my failures, and I admire how open and easy she is to talk to about life.”

On and on I read to these 12 ladies. I read 12 different, amazing notes. Several of us were giggling. Several of us were moved. Several of us were teary. One of the notes had come from an adult child who hadn’t communicated sincere words to his mom for a few years. All of us were smiling. And all of us were deeply touched.

It is absolutely amazing what happens when words of admiration are spoken out loud! I sure wish you could have been there…better yet…I sure hope one day you have the privilege to show the women in your neighborhood how admired they are!

Kind words are like honey — sweet to the soul and healthy for the body.  Proverbs 16:24


Joan blogJoan Parsons, with three teen sons and one preteen girl under her roof, is thankful for her husband and naps. Between laundry loads and fixing beef, you might find her in the McDonald’s drive thru ordering a coke with extra ice and a chocolate chip cookie … because this is her happy place.


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