get over it. this book is one of the greatest books that portray the pure love a mother has for her child all the way through adult hood. than it portrays how the love is returned right back to the mother from the son. than it shows how the cycle is continued when the son holds his own daughter with the same love that was given to him all the years before. its the best cycle there is!!! when i had my oldest son it only amplified the meaning of this book.i still cry every time i read it to my sons.
About I Love You Forever: I totally agree w. the creepy Mom part. My son is 6 and I cant read the book without getting all choked up- until the weird Mom breaking into the house part. Why not write it to follow the rest of the story. nice Mommy, not some psycho Mother In Law.
I have a few things to say about this book. First off, as far as I’m concerned, this book was written around the time when such gestures as an older mother “breaking” into her grown up son’s home just to sing him a lullaby were never fully questionable for a children’s story. Secondly, though the part with the mother “breaking” into her son’s home does seem a bit creepy, I should point out that she absolutely means well and theoretically would give her son time to understand. Third, in case you haven’t been paying attention, the book states that she SOMETIMES drove over to his house to rock him to sleep. Mister Rogers wrote a song called “Sometimes Isn’t Always” explaining that sometimes and always are NOT the same. Fourth, it’s quite safe to assume that, as he got older, the son ALLOWED his mother to keep rocking him to sleep, as well as SOMETIMES come to his house to do so. If you ask me, it more or less shows great strength of character. Fifth, though it does seem unnatural for a mother to rock her son to sleep when he’s around the age of 9 or a teenager or a grown man, I think her intentions were to have her son develop a soft spot in his heart for her so that he would gladly permit it in his lifetime. No easy task. Sixth, embarrassment of public motherly affection and attachment is something that I think this book was trying to dispel in a rather subtle way. Seventh, for the sake of the more open-minded, it could be interpreted that the actions made by the mother weren’t meant to be taken too seriously and were therefore meant to subtly teach kids to appreciate and love their parents even through gestures of love from their parents that they (kids) consider to be embarrassing. Eighth and finally, since I am a Christian, I can find absolutely nothing in the Bible about a mother rocking her son to sleep while he’s growing up being unnatural or creepy. Look, no offense, Matthew, but I really think you need to have a broader mind and get your information straight.
Comment by Taylor Kerekes — January 10, 2012 @ 8:35 am
I have to say that “I love you forever” was one of my favorites. Yeah, okay, I would freak out if my mom would creep in on me like that, but firstly, when I was three and my parents read the book to me, it seemed kinda normal cos my parents would come into my room at night to see that I was ok, who knew if they sank to me. I was asleep. Secondly, the whole story seems to be a metaphor; no mom would drive across town and break in to her sons house. Also, I personally think that it is simply trying to symbolize that she still loves him as much and in the same way as she did when he was a baby. Personally this book also means a lot to me because through it I came to terms with the idea of death and the cycle of life, it was great for doing that.