I’m fairly certain that author Robert Munsch wrote “Love You Forever” more for moms than for children.
After a particularly frustrating morning with Caleb taking things out of the fridge and ripping the house apart, and the combination of time-outs and hand-slaps that followed, I was feeling pretty discouraged.
I sat down on the foot stool of the rocker in Caleb’s room and started to cry. My 16-month old peaked at me from around the corner and then I heard his little footsteps run quickly away.
After pulling myself together I came out into the main room that was littered with pantry and fridge items, toys & books and crushed crackers. There was Caleb standing on the rug in the living room holding the book “I’ll love you forever”. He saw me and ran over and gave it to me.
We sat down, and of course I can’t read a page of that book without starting to cry. We came to this part:
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!”
My son seems to be very understanding, and when we got to that page he looked at me with big eyes that said “I’m sorry”, and for fifteen brief seconds I rocked him back and forth, back and forth, and said “I’ll love you forever, I’ll like you for always, as long as I’m living my baby you’ll be.”
With that Caleb jumped off the chair and was on to the next event.
But I’ll remember it forever.
You may be like me and feel like you don’t have a clue what you’re doing, but I hope you can find some joy in the moments where you seem to understand each other. Taking time to remember just how much you love your child can be a step towards turning a rough day around.