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Remember This Book? The Author Just Confessed What Its Really About& Itll Rip Your Heart Out

“Love You Forever” has become a favorite children’s publication for 30 years…but it’s NOT about what you believe.

Robert Munsch’s Love You Foreverhas been publishedonce upon a 1986, but its legacy lives on even today.

As a kindergartner, I recall sitting cross-legged and staring doe-eyed at my teacher, Mrs. Duff, as she read that book to us over and over during story time. You’d believe it would finally get older, but our whole class sat in a circle just as mesmerized by the tale each time it had been read like it had been the first time our ears heard those memorable phrases that made our eyes well up with tears:

I’ll love you forever,
I’ll enjoy you for always,
Provided that I’m residing
my infant you’ll be.

If you haven’t read it, in short, the story chronicles the life span of a mother and son since theboy grows up. Through the sleepless nights as a baby to his or herlsquo;dreadful two’s’ and his pre-teen years where mom wanted to “sell him to the zoo,” she still loved him fearlessly and unconditionally, always end the night with the same songas she rocked her boy to bed…

I’ll love you forever,
I’ll enjoy you for always,
Provided that I’m residing
my infant you’ll be.

As the boy grows old and leaves home to begin his own household, his mum occasionally sneaks into his bedroomto rock her increased man with her customary lullaby. (Actually, as an adult, that part sounds a tad creepier than it did when I was five, but the moral of this story is still undeniably sweet.)

Finally, his mom grows older and very ill and she calls her son over to sing the tune to him, but she could only make it halfway through. Knowing that she wouldn’t manage to hold on much longer, he started rocking her into his arms, singing the lullaby filled with love that had carried him through his mostly defiant life. Subsequently, he went home saddened but found fresh hopein rocking his own baby girl to sleep with the exact same heartfelt wordsthat would permanently carry on his mother’s legacy.

Though the message in this story and the song appears to be pretty obvious, it’s likely not about what you believe. It’s in fact motivated by the writer’s two stillborn infants.

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Munsch shared this announcement on His Web Page:

I made up that after my spouse and I had two babies born dead. The tune was my tune to my dead infants. For years I had it in my mind and I couldn’t even sing it because each time I tried to sing it I cried. It was very strange having a tune in my mind that I couldn’t sing.

For a long time it was just a tune, but one afternoon, while telling tales in a big theatre at the University of Guelph, it happened to me that I might be able to make a story around the tune.

Out surfaced Love You Forever, pretty much the way it’s in the publication.

Wow. It’s amazing that this explanation coming out 30years afterwards can totally alter the meaning of this publication. Yet in a feeling, it’s each of the sameperhaps that’s why this classic tale has lived on.

On the surface of it, the story appears to be about a mom who who will never quit loving her son as big as he develops or as long as he lives, but actually, it’s the exact same for stillborn infants and miscarriages. Just because theywere taken to heaven ancient, doesn’t mean their parents’ love died along with their own flesh. In the exact same way, they’ll be enjoyed forever, long after they’re gone.

So for the big boys, the infant girls and the Small angelsin heaven, this song will remain eternally true:

I’ll love you forever,
I’ll enjoy you for always,
Provided that I’m residing
my infant you’ll be.

Now, those are 18 lovely words worth rememberingfor always.

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