Thursday, November 11, 2010

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 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.



hmmm, if you are not in tears yet...oh I love that book.  Its sweet and SO touching...and perfectly describes the love a parent has for their children.  And the love circled back in the end...gets me everytime.    








I so enjoyed my Saturday afternoon with this family.  So amazing for me to see Emerson and Sawyer after having photographed Kristin's belly.  Amazing and beautiful woman who is loved by a sweet and kind man.  Loved watching the two of them interact.  Balancing twins and caring for Copeland and Ryker...totally capable and determined.  I wanted to stay the whole afternoon and into the evening just snapping pics of this beautiful family...seriously, I get way to wrapped up in what I do.  ;p   Wishing you and your family the best! 

6 comments:

Redbonegirl97 said...

One of my favorite books. The kids got it for me for mothers day. I could hear James Taylor singing in my head while reading this.

Peace, Love and Chocolate
Tiffany

jen said...

the feet shot is my absolute favorite...TOO adorable! :)

Judy B said...

Job well done. Love the pic of the feet and the one where they are holding the fingers. Precious ........

Jill said...

I love how you have recorded Kristen's journey. These pictures are so calming to me. "It is well with my soul."

Beautiful job Elizabeth. :)

Steadfast Ahoy! said...

Pictures of babies are always winners, but you have gone beyond the average--way beyond. I just love these family pictures. Great Job, Elizabeth.
Rosemary

Mount Cutler said...

Thank you for helping us see the beauty and peace amidst the chaos, Elizabeth. Beautiful.

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