Thursday Open Thread

March 6, 2014

Today’s topic: Love You Forever, the children’s book that is either beloved or reviled, depending on your POV. How do you feel about it?

I’m one who loves it. I remember picking it up for the first time in 2008, well after I was a mom, but before I had a son. I had heard people mocking it and picked it up out of curiosity while browsing at a bookstore. Aaaand I was crying like a fool by the end of it. To me, it captured the feeling of a mother’s never ending love.

Yesterday I stumbled across this article, which explains the origins of the story and the author’s inspiration: the loss of his two stillborn babies.

As the author himself explains:

Love You Forever 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.”

I made that up after my wife and I had two babies born dead. The song was my song to my dead babies. For a long time I had it in my head and I couldn’t even sing it because every time I tried to sing it I cried. It was very strange having a song in my head that I couldn’t sing.

For a long time it was just a song but one day, while telling stories at a big theatre at the University of Guelph, it occurred to me that I might be able to make a story around the song.

Out popped Love You Forever, pretty much the way it is in the book.

I’m going to have an even harder time getting through that book without crying. I’m SUCH a sap. 😐

Which books, songs, movies, etc., bring on the waterworks for you?

What else is on your mind today? Chat away!