All my children have loved the book, I’ll Love You Forever. If you have ever read this Robert Munch classic you will remember the tenderness and love on every page of this story. I wanted to know how this story came to be.
Robert Munch said,:”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.”
Sometimes when we share our grief in a story, poem or song it speaks to the soul of people who hear it. They might not know why the story resonates with them but they feel an attachment and a connection. We are all connected so much more than we ever realize. Our stories, the sad, the happy, the honest reflections of our lives can connect us to others. When we share our truths about the world, we bridge the gap of isolation and foster the unity we share in being mortal. Often our greatest truths come from our greatest sorrows.
Thank you Robert Munch for sharing this song with us through the form of a story.
“I’ll love you forever,
I’ll like you for always,
As long as I’m living
my baby you’ll be.”
What unsung songs could your share to bless the lives of others?