Book Review: “Love you Forever.” Or more ACCURATELY, “Love You for a Limited Time Because I Am Going to Die.”

Book Review: “Love you Forever.” Or more ACCURATELY, “Love You for a Limited Time Because I Am Going to Die.”

“Love You Forever” by by Robert Munsch and Sheila McGraw.

“I love you forever…As long as I’m living, my baby you’ll be,” or

“As long as I’m living, your or your mommy I’ll be.”

This line, or something close to this, is repeated on every page.  This phrasing sounds to me like it REALLY SAYS, “I will love you forever. . . Well, not REALLY FOREVER but at least until I die. Until I die I will love you and we will be baby and mommy and I WISH it was forever but I WILL DIE so our love and our close relationship WILL END.  But until then I love you SO much.”

The story line reinforces this showing a timeline beginning with a young mother singing this to her son throughout his life.  Eventually the son grows up and lives in his own house with his own baby. At the end the mother is elderly. The son drives to his elderly mom’s house, creeping into her room and singing a version of the song to his mom.  I don’t remember the exact words and can’t look it up because I hid my copy at the top of my bookshelf so that my kids don’t ask me to read it to them.  The language is there, of course, referring to someone’s “as long as I’m living” finite life period. In the context of his visit to his mother I find it implied that she is dying or it is a reminder that she is old and will die.  After that, the man goes home and sings the song to his baby.

To me, this story portrays a heartbreaking love between parent and child. EVERY TIME this deep love and parent-child love relationship is mentioned there is always the limiting condition that this love and bond lasts for a finite time period, “as long as I’m living.”

This book triggers DEEP feelings of sadness in me and causes me to think about dying and leaving my kids motherless and of losing my loved ones to death.  Death is the final and permanent separation between all loved ones and lasts much longer than our brief lives on this earth. Continue reading “Book Review: “Love you Forever.” Or more ACCURATELY, “Love You for a Limited Time Because I Am Going to Die.””

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