Recently, I discovered this book:
To be honest, I don’t think I would notice this book if I saw this in a bookstore. The cover art is good, but it’s a bit dated (it was originally published in 1986!). Plus, it looks like a potty training book :p While the pedia has been reminding us to start potty training the bear soon, we’re putting it off until my husband and I are good and ready.
Anyway, someone mentioned this book in one of the e-groups I belong to and I decided to take a look. Unfortunately, I did so while taking a short break at the office, and quickly started tearing up. The story is simple enough – it is about the love of a mother for her son. She shows her love by
stalking him everywhere and singing this simple song for him:
I’ll love you forever,
I’ll like you for always,
As long as I’m living
my baby you’ll be.
You can read the text of the book here.
I still remember the first few weeks after I gave birth to the bear — I couldn’t believe that I could love someone so much. In the midst of being overwhelmed with the tremendous gift that I received, I also realized the depth of my parents’ love for me. Don’t get me wrong, I know they do, while I wasn’t the perfect daughter, I wasn’t a bad kid either, but I didn’t know they love me that much.
What’s great about this book is that, through a simple story, it captures the essence of that love.
I love you forever, bear. I’ll like you for always and as long as I’m living, my baby you’ll be.