Every mother I know can be reduced to tears by reading Robert Munsch’s Love You Forever to their children and most made up their own tune to sing:
“I’ll love you forever,
I’ll like you for always,
as long as I’m living
my baby you’ll be.”
When mine were small, we had the privilege of attending a Robert Munsch show at the Jubilee Auditorium in Edmonton. We all enjoyed it very, very much but I’ll never forget the looks of confusion on both of my sons’ faces when he sang this tune. “He’s not singing it right, Mummy!” They both whispered to me at the same time.
This is my version:
And this is Robert Munsch’s:
It’s not a typically comedic Munsch story and not one that I choose to read in Library class. Love You Forever should be read over and over again by parents to their children to reassure them that no matter what they do, we will always love them.
I only recently learned the sad truth behind this story. My sister posted a link on Facebook to a post on the Mom Stories blog, that in turn pointed to Munsch’s website, where he explains how the story came out of personal loss.
My Munsch books have somehow migrated to my grandchildrens’ home, (still favourites with their parents), but should I read this one again to my granddaughters, I will think of Mr. & Mrs. Munsch and my heart will be that much more full.