Sunday, November 21, 2010

Love You Forever By Robert Munsch

Dear Me,

When I have given birth to my little Miguel, I have to give up a few things in exchange to accomplishing responsibilities that comes with motherhood. Aside from that, domestic life (with no husband to lean on because he is miles away and no house help nor a nanny to help ease the load) seems to overpower me that sometimes I wish I have a clone.

Miguel is three years old and I take great joy when other people remark that he is cute, adorable and sweet. I am a mom and mightily beaming with pride!

I will be a hypocrite if I proclaim to the world that I don't have bad to worse days dealing with my toddler. Most of the time, I cry out of frustration. Lately, I have been feeling so down for I feel I am such a bad mother!

There are days that I want to escape even just for a while but to whom shall I entrust him? There are mornings that I don't feel like waking up because I feel so drained physically and mentally. There are nights that I wish will stay longer so I can catch up with rest and sleep.

During the past few weeks, my day will not pass by without me screaming at him or telling him to have his toys given away or giving him a mild hand whack in his little bottom. I screamed at him out of fright when I saw him almost falling off the bed; he kept on jumping up and down despite how many times I told him not to. I tried to give him a scare like giving his toys away to other kids in the neighborhood because he vehemently refused to eat his food no matter what I prepared for him. There was a time, too, that I gave him a mild slap in the bottom when he threw his toy in the air (he did not miss, hitting me in the head) despite the fact that I told him to stop doing it.

Sometimes, I do not know anymore where to draw the line of allowing him to be his hyper-active self as a toddler or when to start practicing the art of discipline to a three year old.

And every night, when he falls fast asleep with his head in the pillow, I look at him and see the innocence in his little face. I touch his little cheeks and nose. And I would weep and say how sorry I was for such a bad day with mommy. I kiss his forehead and say I love you. Yes, every night after telling him how much I love him, I pray to God that may He guide me to be a good mother to Miguel. Not to be the best mom but simply a good one...

Reading the book Love You Forever by Robert Munsch came at a time when I need a gentle touch inside me; that within me I have the kind of love a mother feels for her child...forever. It is the most heartwarming story I have ever read in my life.

It is a tear-jerker. Literally a very short read, I found myself in tears all through the end. Just after a few lines in the first page, I felt moved by the words. And this part really got into me:

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

With all the pent-up emotions inside me, crying was the only way to go.

I love this book, notwithstanding the allegorical representation (the old mother picking up his grown up son and rocking him to sleep with a lullaby). I find the blue cover and its illustrations (done by Sheila McGraw) so endearing to my heart for it reflects a certain state in my life. The interplay of the tender and subdued shades wonderfully depicts the truth that a mother's love never dies, even when a kid is all grown up.

Love You Forever is an enduring tale of a mother's unconditional love for her child, and that child growing up and sharing that parent love to his own.

I highly recommend this book to everyone for it bespeaks the cycle of life and love; with a simple story yet carries a beautiful, sentimental message resonating to all parents.

Book Title: Love You Forever
Author: Robert Munsch
Illustrator: Sheila McGraw
Publisher: Firefly Books, Limited
Published Date: September 1995
ISBN: 0920668372
Format: Paperback
Pages: 32
Genre: Children's Literature, Picture Book

Robert Munsch is an author of more than 25 books for children including The Paper Bag Princess and Stephanie's Ponytail. He lives in Guelph, Ontario. is the official Robert Munsch site.

Love You Forever actually started as a song.
I'll love you forever,
I'll like you for always,
as long as I'm living
my baby you'll be.
Read here how this book (to be treasured) came to be.


Chris said...

i definitely agree... my tears just rolled the first time i read this...

my post about this

EINz said...

Aaaw... but hey, that's a typical story of every mom. I have been in that very same situation, and the "drained-out" part is actually very true.

And to stop me from yelling and spanking when we're in chaos, I choose to have my 2-minute escape by simply turning my back from the situation convincing myself to calm down so there were no sorry/ guilt moments afterwards.

It works for me! I just found out that I needed to talk to him explaining calmly what he did or have to do. That approach makes me effectively handle his 'not-so good' toddler behavior.

Earth said...

that was very sweet... (*sigh)

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