Sunday, September 13, 2009

Stacy's favorite book

It was Mothers day and I was in first grade when this book was first read to me. Our moms were invited to our classroom that day and the teacher read the book. Even though I was only in first grade, I distinctly remember all of the moms crying by the end of the book. It starts out with the birth of a baby boy and the mom would always rock him to sleep each night saying “I’ll love you forever, I’ll like you for always, as long as I’m living my baby you’ll be.” the son grows up and goes through the different stages, toddler, teens, etc. until he is a grown man and has a child of his own. But the mom still drives across town to rock her son and sing that song. It ends with the son rocking his “very old and sick” mother singing "I’ll love you forever, I’ll like you for always, as long as I’m living, my Mommy you’ll be". and he goes on to do the same ritual with his baby girl. I think I like this book so much because at the time when I first heard it, I don’t think it meant too much to me. But now reading it again I see that the message it was trying to get across was that we are told all the time that parents love their kids but the kids may not fully understand a parent’s unconditional love for their child until they have a child of their own. If I have a younger class, or really even any class, I will most likely do the same thing that my first grade teacher did. Have the mothers come in and read the story. I think this is one of those books that families want to pass down through the generations. I know my mom went out and bought that book right after she left the school and has read it to me multiple times and I plan on doing the same when I have kids.


  1. This sounds like a really cute book. I vaguely remember it. Thanks for the reminder and the great idea for Mother's Day!

  2. I love this book Stacey! My mom use to read it to us all the time! We still have it memorized and say it to my little brother