Saturday, 3 September 2011

Love You Forever


When Narina was born we were given this book.  I love Robert Muncsch.  I don't really like this book and that is a bit of a surprise.  Am I alone?  Does anyone else find the fact that this boy's mother creeps into his room to rock him when he is a grown man?  If you haven't read this book it starts off with a mother holding her new born baby.  She sings him a beautiful song:

I'll love you forever
I'll like you for always
As long as I live 
My baby you'll be

My sister in law was kind enough to sing it to us the first time we all read it together.   I now have the song tune in my head and will sing it to Narina on occasion.  The book progresses with the son getting older and the mother going through great lengths to rock her son when he was asleep.  Then, at the end, the roles are reversed.  
The thing is, my rational brain thinks this woman is creepy for a) crawling into her sons room, even when he is a toddler and b) doing the same thing when he is a grown man and living away from home.  

That being said... I have never been able to read the whole book through.  I usually start crying by the third time I sing that song.  Today I had to cut off the last 3 pages and make something up because I couldn't get it together.  

Hormones? Maybe... God I hope so.  I mean I have been pregnant, breastfeeding, breastfeeding and pregnant for the past 3 years. 

Can you make it through this book?


  1. I've had a copy of this book since before I had children (or had anyone to have children with) and I still cannot make it through this book. I don't find the mother creepy though - I've always thought of her crawling through the window as symbolic more than literal - as though it was something should would do if she could: continue to hold her son and make him aware of her presence and love no matter what. I know lots of people think it's creepy though but I guess I just glossed over that with my own explanation.

    An interesting aside though: Moira can't stand Robert Munsch. She likes this book (not that I can read it to her) but anything else seems to busy for her and she doesn't want to read it again.

  2. I think Robert Munsch is a bit busy. Paper bag Princess, though... man that is an awesome book. Thanks for the comment Mel. I like your take on it. I can't make that leap fully, but apparently I do half way because I can't help but cry.


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