Author Finally Confesses The Real Reason He Wrote This Book, Leaves Internet In Tears
LifeAspire Staff 3/13/2017
One of the most popular baby shower gifts is the classic book Love You Forever written by Robert Munsch. Its tale is beautiful while growing a bit melancholy at the end, just like life. But the meaning behind this book will leave you in tears.
Love You Forever was published in 1986 and sold millions of copies in its first few years of being released. By 2001, the book had climbed its way to the No. 4 slot on Publishers Weekly's exhaustive list of best-selling children's books. Most parents would agree that this book is beautiful. But behind the poetic pages lies tragedy.
The song behind Love You Forever was what the author would sing silently to himself after his wife gave birth to not one, but two, stillborn babies. He couldn't bear to sing the words out loud nor share it with his wife. Robert told The Huffington Post that it was his way of crying and mourning the loss not just of the stillborn babies, but of a future with babies. He and his wife were told they could never conceive again.
That news rocked their world, but shook Robert to his core. He had spent hours upon hours working in orphanages, wrote children's books and had even earned his master's degree in child studies. He never felt the same again.
"You know when someone walks up to you and gives you a sucker punch right in the solar plexus? [It felt] like that."
Robert and his wife chose to adopt three children and become a forever family. For years, he would hum the four lines from Love You Forever, consoling himself as he still grieved the loss of their first two babies. But one day, a story to accompany that ditty appeared before his eyes, flowing deep from the recesses of his creative mind.
"My stories usually come gradually through storytelling. This one came all of a sudden."
One night while reciting his work on stage before a crowd, he decided to wing it. He told a story to accompany the song, then performed the four lines from Love You Forever.
"I'll love you forever,
I'll like you for always,
As long as I'm living
my baby you'll be."
It was the first time anyone had heard it. The crowd was in awe, including Robert's wife.
So Robert presented the story Love You Forever to his publisher. At first, it was turned down as being too dark for a children's book. So his distributor published the book instead. This classic children's book became a decades-long literary sensation.
By age 70, Robert had amassed 50 children's books during his career with children Andrew, Julie and Tyya appearing in five of them. Almost 10 years ago, Robert retired from public storytelling after suffering a stroke.
But still today, this beloved book's story is being read to wee ones by parents and grandparents alike. Love you Forever still touches people at their very core and soul with the story of unrequited love for a child, no matter how old the parent may grow and how big that bouncing baby becomes. It's a beautiful tale with a time-treasured and cherished message. Is this classic on your bookshelf?
Source: The Huffington Post Image Source: YouTube/ReadingPioneers