“I’ll love you forever,
I’ll like you for always,
as long as I’m living
my baby you’ll be.”
You know the internet can be a vast source of information. So when I happened upon this little story I was quite surprised. Robert Munsch is an American born children’s author who moved to Canada in 1975. He is also one of my favourite children’s author. I remember him visiting my elementary school when I was a kid. I was in aw of this man. I love books as it is, so when he came to us, we all sat down to hear him read…..it was just amazing. He was full of life, energy and love for what he does that it came across strongly when the man was in person. Now that I’m older, little did I know that this book was a reminder of something very tragic in his life.
According to a story on the Huffingtonpost.ca, this book, published in 1986, actually originated as a song for Munsch.
According to Munsch’s wesbite he says, “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.
My regular publisher felt that it was not really a kid’s book and I ended up doing it with another publisher.
One day the publisher called up and said “This is very strange. It is selling very well in retirement communities in Arizona. It is selling in retirement communities where kids are illegal. This is supposed to be a children’s book. What is going on?”
“Grownups are buying it for grownups!”
In fact, it turned out that parents buy it for grandparents and grandparents buy it for parents and kids buy it for everybody and everybody buys it for kids.
As a matter of fact, everybody buys it for everybody. That’s why it sells a lot of copies. I think it’s my best book. So far it has sold about 15,000,000 copies.
– Source: robertmunsch.com
Amazing!!! This goes back to something I’ve written in previous blogs, TRY your best NOT to let the past hold you. Use your experiences (good and bad) to move forward. We all have a story to tell….how will you tell yours?