In an effort to shake up the nightly book routine {one can read “Snowy Day” and “One Mitten” so many times}, Ethan and I scoured the bookshelf for some new reads. Ethan picked out “Love You Forever“. He thought it was funny with the baby on the front playing with the toilet paper.

I have to be honest. I had never read it before the other night. I knew it was a “classic” but we just had not gotten around to reading it. Ethan and I piled into his bed and began to read.

It starts out innocently enough. A new mother rocking her baby to sleep and singing…

“I’ll love you forever
I’ll like you for always
As long as I’m living
My baby you’ll be.”

Sweet, right?

Let’s continue.

The baby grew. And grew some more. Soon we see mother crawling into her two-year-old’s room to check on him. I get it, we’ve all done. Not too creepy. Not yet anyway.

Pretty soon that little baby is now a little boy. Mom is still stalker creeping into his room to hold him and rock him while he’s sleeping. Creepy yet? Let’s keep going.

Mom’s not stopping her stalking. Oh no, here’s a grown teenage boy with his mother peering into his room on her hands and knees. I am officially creeped out at this point.

And here is where dear old mom turns into every woman’s nightmare. The Mother In Law. The “boy” moves out and across town {smart move on his part} but that doesn’t stop stalker mom from driving across town…

…and breaking into his room in the middle of night to rock him to sleep.
Creep to the e!
Now our story takes a turn for the worse. Mom calls sonny boy to tell him that she’s sick. Now it was his turn to rock his mother {and leads you to believe that she dies}. He sings the song to her and comforts her.
When the son arrives back home, he goes into his own baby girl’s room and picks her up to rock her to sleep. And so the stalker cycle has continued! Oh and there’s no mention of the wife/mother. What is up with that?
Don’t get me wrong. The story has a good message. “You will always be my baby.” But it’s just plain creepy! Is it me? Tell me I am not the only one who has thought this about this book.
Needless to say, this book has been put back up on the shelf and there it will stay until I do our next book purge!

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