“Love You Forever”

I have first heard “Love You Forever” in a wedding. It was the Mother of the Groom’s speech. Although I really didn’t listen to the whole story (you know, I had to work), I got the feeling it was a really, really nice book.

A couple of months ago, my Tita Baby told me a friend of hers sings this to her kids every night before going to bed. That intrigued me and I resolved to find a copy of the book. I saw one in Fully Booked (but that was after 30 minutes of searching by the sales attendant) and although it was kinda expensive (less than Php700), I bought it because the attendant spent so much time looking for the last copy.

I love the book! It’s so heartwarming. It’s so simple but speaks of a parent’s unconditional love. Nakakaiyak. And more importantly, Jia loves the book as much as I do. She would ask me to read it to her every night. And to keep her amused, I would act out the scenes of the book. Nakakatuwa kasi she really listens and pays attention and when I rock her back and forth, she really looks at me and waits for the song to finish before leaving my arms and preparing for the next scene.

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I am planning to make this our nightly ritual until she gets older and I hope that she realizes how much I love her.

🙂

Here is the full text of the book:

Love You Forever by Robert Munsch

A mother held her new baby and very slowly rocked him back and forth, back and forth, back and forth. And while she held him, she sang:

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

The baby grew. He grew and he grew and he grew. He grew until he was two years old, and he ran all around the house. He pulled all the books off the shelves. He pulled all the food out of the refrigerator and he took his mother’s watch and flushed it down the toilet. Sometimes his mother would say, “this kid is driving me CRAZY!”

But at night time, when that two-year-old was quiet, she opened the door to his room, crawled across the floor, looked up over the side of his bed; and if he was really asleep she picked him up and rocked him back and forth, back and forth, back and forth. While she rocked him she sang:

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

The little boy grew. He grew and he grew and he grew. He grew until he was nine years old. And he never wanted to come in for dinner, he never wanted to take a bath, and when grandma visited he always said bad words. Sometimes his mother wanted to sell him to the zoo!

But at night time, when he was asleep, the mother quietly opened the door to his room, crawled across the floor and looked up over the side of the bed. If he was really asleep, she picked up that nine-year-old boy and rocked him back and forth, back and forth, back and forth. And while she rocked him she sang:

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

The boy grew. He grew and he grew and he grew. He grew until he was a teenager. He had strange friends and he wore strange clothes and he listened to strange music. Sometimes the mother felt like she was in a zoo!

But at night time, when that teenager was asleep, the mother opened the door to his room, crawled across the floor and looked up over the side of the bed. If he was really asleep she picked up that great big boy and rocked him back and forth, back and forth, back and forth. While she rocked him she sang:

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

That teenager grew. He grew and he grew and he grew. He grew until he was a grown-up man. He left home and got a house across town. But sometimes on dark nights the mother got into her car and drove across town.  If all the lights in her son’s house were out, she opened his bedroom window, crawled across the floor, and looked up over the side of his bed. If that great big man was really asleep she picked him up and rocked him back and forth, back and forth, back and forth. And while she rocked him she sang:

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

Well, that mother, she got older. She got older and older and older. One day she called up her son and said, “You’d better come see me because I’m very old and sick.” So her son came to see her. When he came in the door she tried to sing the song. She sang:

I’ll love you forever,
I’ll like you for always…

But she couldn’t finish because she was too old and sick. The son went to his mother. He picked her up and rocked her back and forth, back and forth, back and forth. And he sang this song:

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

When the son came home that night, he stood for a long time at the top of the stairs. Then he went into the room where his very new baby daughter was sleeping. He picked her up in his arms and very slowly rocked her back and forth, back and forth, back and forth. And while he rocked her he sang:

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

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Comments

  1. Grace G. says

    Is that the entire lyrics of the song? Its so long! Do you sing the entire song to Jia? And what is the tune? DO you just invent your own? hehehe… Its a pretty touching book, I usually see them in homes of relatives and friend with young kids. My sister in law yells that to her kids when she drops them off to school but the 13 yr old son could just say LYF instead of the entire phrase. haha!

  2. says

    thank you for sharing. i’ll try to include this in our night routine. will have to look for the book first, though 🙂

  3. says

    Aw. Shocks. I was moved to tears by the story. I wonder if I’ll be able to read this to my baby without crying… 🙂

  4. Escie says

    Hi Ate Clarice,

    Thanks for sharing.. grabe na-teary eyes ako nasa site pa naman ako hehehe..
    Pinapahanap ko na ung book.. Gusto ko na basahin kahit nasa tummy ko palang si Uno 🙂

    Hay gusto ko kayo makita ni Jia na nagstory telling ang ganda-ganda nyo sigurong tingnan lalo na’t angelic face si Jia.. Miss ko na kayo.. Hope to c u soon. God bless..

  5. clarice says

    Thanks for reading, sisses! Nakakaiyak talaga yung story na ito. And it’s not just for moms talaga. Happy reading! 🙂

  6. says

    Hi Clarice!

    I’m no different from the previous commenters – I love the poem and I plan to try it with my kids. I hope you don’t mind, but I shared the song/story on my blog.

    I can’t wait to get my own copy of the book. 🙂

    • clarice says

      Hi Meng!

      Thanks so much for also posting about the book. I think it’s really nice that so many moms want to create beautiful memories with their kids. Enjoy story time!

      🙂

  7. mitch says

    Hi Ging,

    i know its super late but i just wanna say sobrang na touch ako. i even had my own tune while reading and singing the song. i hope soon i can do this to my little angel 🙂

    lav yah sis!

  8. kitkat says

    Thanks for sharing Clarice! I would be getting this book for my gooaughter (she is only 8/52 old). I also enjoy reading your blog. At saka dream ko talaga na ikaw ang wedding planner/coordinator ko – tama bang mag illusion, wala naman akong boypren!!!

    • clarice says

      Hi Kitkat! Naku, you’ll love that book! Nakakaiyak!

      Please continue to visit the blog ha kahit na hindi ako nakaka-update minsan. 🙂

      And thank you for your kind words re wedding planing. Since wala ka pa namang definite plans ngayon, tamang tama yan kasi baka by the time ayos na your plans, babalik na rin ako ng coordination. 🙂

  9. says

    Hi Clarice, My kids and I also love this book. I let them see and hear the you tube version before going to sleep. I hope you and your readers can visit my blog for this version read by Robert Munsch himself. Iba siyempre if you’re the one reading but this version is a hit to my kids and maybe yours. I hope you enjoy it too – here’s the link – http://irmee.blogspot.com/2010/08/i-love-you-forever.html

    • says

      Hi Irmee!

      Sige nga, I’ll do that, too. I already heard that pero feeling ko kasi masyado joyful yung rendition ng song (hahaha! mas marunong pa sa author ng libro!). But I’ll have Jia hear that.

      🙂

  10. Missy says

    This has been a special book with my two children. They are now 23 & 24 and I still tell them “I’ll love forever, I’ll like you for always, as long as I’m living my baby you’ll be”. My daughter who will soon be a teacher wants to read this for her class but not sure if she can without tears. very specail!

  11. Karsten says

    This is really nice.. It made me cry..
    There’s no greater love than the love of a Mother (except God ah!)..

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