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Tear Jerker / Love You Forever

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  • Love You Forever is guaranteed to make any mother with a heart cry. The mother in the story would sing "I'll love you forever, I'll like you for always, as long as I'm living, my baby you'll be" to her son. Years later, when she's on her deathbed, the son sings back "I'll love you forever, I'll like you for always, as long as I'm living, my mommy you'll be." Robert Munsch wrote it after his wife had two stillborn children.
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  • It's not just moms. A pastor at a church gave a sermon on how it is a child's duty to care for their aging parents. He read this book. The whole congregation was in tears.
  • When the mom is dying at the end, her son picks her up in his arms and sings "I'll love you forever, I'll like you for always, as long as I'm living, my mommy you'll be." This description cannot do justice to how absolutely devastating that is.
  • Love You Forever is a picture book. The kind you read to children before bed time. And yet, it is hard to read aloud. You start to find your voice cracking as you try to speak around the growing lump in your throat. Soon the words on the page begin to blur, until you are gasping out the words in between sobs. The older you get, the harder it gets.
  • The book itself has quite a bit of a tragic origin: The song the mother sings to her son throughout the book was a song that Robert Munsch sang to himself after one of his babies died. Not so cute anymore, is it?
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