I know it’s a little late to be talking about Mother’s Day, but I got my mother her gift late to begin with. In my defense, I was able to give her her gift–which was a dual Mother’s Day/birthday gift–ON her birthday, which was only a week after Mother’s Day. Since we live in different states and I was able to give her the gift in person, I’d say that’s pretty darn good, thank you very much ;). And now, a little later than that, I’d like to share it with you here.
One of the children’s books I remember most distinctly growing up is Love You Forever by Robert Munsch. It’s a beautiful story of a mother’s love for her child throughout all the stages of life: all difficult but all with their own sorts of blessings. But it is also the story of a child’s love for his mother, and devotion to her during another difficult stage of life. It’s a beautiful story that can be appreciated by kids and adults alike. It’s also a hugely popular book; I’m sure many of you also have a connection to this book as well.
This book sticks with me not only because my mother read this to me on innumerable occasions, but because she also developed her own tune to the constant refrain of the mother from the book, and it became a lullaby that was part of my nightly bedtime routine.
I’ll love you forever
I’ll like you for always
As long as I’m living,
My baby you’ll be
SO, when I saw that a friend of mine was selling prints of those words to give as Mother’s Day gifts, I knew I had to get one for my mom for her birthday/belated Mother’s Day. It’s something special between the two of us that I knew she would appreciate.