Thursday, November 08, 2007

I'll love you forever

If you haven't read the book I'll love you forever, you really should. Especially if you're a parent. .

When I first heard about it, I thought it was ridiculous. The basic idea is very sweet. A woman has a son who she rocks and sings to every night...

I'll love you forever
I'll like you for always,
as long as I'm living
my baby you'll be.

It is very sweet. And she keeps doing this, every night, as the boy grows up. But then it gets weird for a little bit. The boy grows up to be a man and buys a house across town. So the mom straps a ladder to the top of her car, drives to his house in the dark at night and climbs the ladder up to his bedroom window to rock him and sing to him! It's bizarre!! It still makes me want to giggle, every time I get to that part. Every. Single. Time.

But then I get to the part where the mom gets old and is sick and probably dying - although they never actually say that because, despite the mom's catburglery of her son's house, it's still a children's book. Anyway, once I get to the part where the mom can no longer sing the song to her son, and he sings to her, then goes home and sings to his own infant daughter I still get all misty! I must've read this book 100 times by now (I've had it since Jaben was small) and I can't get thru it without at least some tears!

I know it sounds like an unremarkable, if somewhat odd book, but I highly recommend it. I probably haven't done a great job of selling it, but take my word for it. It's definitely worth purchasing and it's one of those books you will want to read to your kids again and again, and will probably still have on your bookshelf when you're old and can no longer climb the ladder to break into your child's window to sing the song.


palmtreefanatic said...

I LOVE LOVE LOVE That book and from time to time still read Adam! After All I got that book as a baby shower gift from my 1 aunt and another 1 of my aunts gives it to whomever has a baby in the family now! I cry every time and I do not think that I am so sensitive normally but this book does get me everytime! I told Adam when he is old like this I will do the same thing, he says I am scaring him when I say!
I to read this book to Kedric, it is not HIS favorite but sometimes I just have to read it to them ya know? it is quite bizarre when I happened to hit on the kids ages in the book that they are!
ok I think I wrote alot on this matter...ahem...sorry;)

Jen said...

I can't read that book without crying.

It's like that damn Sara Evans song.