7.14.2006

I'll Love You Forever, I'll Suck your Soul....


"I'll love you forever,
I'll like you for always,
As long as I'm living,
my baby you'll be."
Is it just me, or does anyone have a deeply complex relationship to this goddamn book?
Did anyone else see this cute little munchkin on the cover, think to self "I know this is a classic?" and bring it on home for beddy-byes reading?
Did anyone else get a few pages in and read out loud,"But at night time, when that two-year-old was quiet, she opened the door to his room, crawled across the floor, looked up over the side of his bed; and if he was really asleep she picked him up and rocked him back and forth, back and forth, back and forth"?
Did anyone else get a teensy bit creeped out by that?
Did anyone else find the accompanying illustration of mommy dearest crawling across the floor kind of, uhm, evokative of that scene in The Ring? Where the girl crawls out of the television and FEASTS ON YOUR SOUL???

And then, does anyone find that despite this chilling experience, at the same time, as you read on to your darling child, you choke on these words: "He grew and he grew and he grew. He grew until he was a grown-up man. He left home and got a house across town" You try to read , but your voice is cracking and you stifle sobs as you utter the words because Oh God, one day you'll LEAVE me, and one day I'll grow older, and older, and older, and I will DIE, and I will NEVER KNOW MY GRAND-DAUGHTER!!!!!"
Was just wondering.

26 comments:

GeezerMom said...

Yup, yup, and yup. I think the CREEPIEST part is towards the end when he's grown up and she drives over the his house with a ladder and climbs in the window. But, as you say, I can't read those last couple pages without getting all teary.

jon deal said...

Well, no, I didn't have that experience while reading that book to my children.

BUT NOW I DO!!

Now I'm all verklempt.

OK, yes, I do and yes, I do get all misty eyed. Same with the "Guess how much I love you" book. The one with the baby rabbit and mom.

neva said...

uh...this one wasn't out when my kids were young (thank god).

you were on vacation (i think) when i put up this link (in the park), which is equally cute/creepy. perhaps it will help jolt you out of that creepy/teary funk...

by the way, of *course* you're gonna see your grandaughter. because your kids will probably continue to live at home until their own kids are grown, just to piss you off/suck you dry/take advantage of "granny's" free babysitting service!!

xoxox

DD said...

I picked it up thinking it was a potty training book, but in true form, I had to read the last page. I left Target bawling that day...and no book.

kittenpie said...

yes, that book TOTALLY creeps me out. I"m not really a fan of the supersappy myself anyhow. I do like the little song in it, though, and own it because, well, that's my job. So when Pumpkinpie asks for it, I just skip the part about crawling across the floor and say she checked to see if he was asleep. But seriously, how did he ever manage to get married and have a child of his own with his mother coming in the window?! I would SO not be cool with that.

Nancy said...

We got this book as a baby gift for my younger daughter. I'd never read it before, but one night I grabbed it for storytime and... well, I couldn't finish it because I was sobbing too hard to talk. My poor daughters didn't know what had come over me. I ended up donating the sucker less I end up having to read it again, I was so traumatized.

And yeah, parts of that with the mom-creeping and the son-creeping were pretty scary too. More trauma.

Mom101 said...

How funny, Lisa at Niihaus also posted on this today. Something in the air?

It creeps me out!! Also, that book about the stupid nutbrown hair (yeah, that one rolls right off the tongue) who has a contest with his kid about who loves who more. Nothing like some inter-familial competition to bond father and son.

Jenny said...

Yup. I have 2 copies (gifts) and I totally will never open them again. Seriously...it's like getting your heart ripped out to read them. (Same reason I don't watch Bambi.) And the mom creeping on the floor is just disturbing. I bet she was drunk.

Her Bad Mother said...

Yes. And yes, and yes. Creeped out and terrorized to the very bottom of my soul in a manner only hitherto provoked by readings of The Velveteen Rabbit with Puff the Magic Dragon playing in the background.

G said...

Did Jim Morrison have this read to him as a child? Just wondering. This is not in our repetoire nor do I think it will be. Thanks though. See you in the Snark?

Mocha said...

So I take it you're still pregnant. I was tipped off by the hormonal ending to this post.

And YES, this book has always creeped me out and when I was the only woman in my circle of friends who didn't OOH and AAH over the damn thing, they made me feel stupid.

Now? Well, with the permission of a woman with a PhD in English, I'm validated.

So, ummm... thanks.

Motherhood Uncensored said...

I've actually NEVER read that book. And now, I think I don't want to.

Lisa said...

How funny that we'd post on this the same day. It is a creepy book, but brings me to tears just about every time. I was actually given the book as a baby gift when I was pregnant with my, now 14 year old. I was told it was a potty training book. Boy was that friend wrong!

Do you sing the song, or just read the words? I've become such a sucker about that book, I've given it a tune. My older kids loathe it!

Thanks for stopping by today!

Mommy off the Record said...

I am starting to cry just looking at that book cover. I think I have that exact picture of my son in real life. LOL

But, yeah, that creeping lady does sound weird.

Jozet said...

Oh yes. As you may or may not know, I work in a book store and although it may be unethical, I try to quietly steer people away from this and to the Stephen King pop-up books. At least with those, you know what you're in for. None of this subtle psychological weirdness. Give me werewolves and maniacal woodesmen any day.

mamatulip said...

I always thought that book was kinda creepy, in an over-the-top mothering kind of way, and then I became a mother and tried to read it one day in Chapters and started sobbing and then my boobs started leaking so I came home.

virtualsprite said...

I had a friend tell me about that book and she insisted that I needed to get it for the Ubergoober.

Now I'm really glad I went with my gut and bought "Walter the Farting Dog" instead.

Izzy said...

I'm not familiar with this book but that growing up and leaving business...well, you might as well just rip my heart out. I hate thinking about my babies growing up.

ozma said...

Wow, man. I'm still trying to deal with "Go, Dog Go."

But "The Runaway Bunny" freaks me the fuck out.

sunshine scribe said...

Oh man - get out of my head! Deeply complex relationship with this book .. you betcha. I never know whether I am creeped out or sentimentally bawling when I read it. Insane!

Alexa said...

Yes, I vote for creepy. There is something very Miss Havisham about the mother in the book. I have the feeling that she sleeps with her kid's nail clippings under her pillow...

mama mia said...

The breaking and entering part is definitely the weirdest! Complete with disturbing picture of grown man being rocked by an old lady... written by Norman Bate's mom?

You'll be able to pick up a copy of this classic at my garage sale, along with the "Runaway Bunny" and a big stack of Care Bears books.

Little Monkies said...

This was the first book we received for our son, a gift from my husband's mother who, well, is a little, shall we say, overbearing. We sat on the couch all pregnant and giggly, excited to read the book...until we started reading the book. My husband just got really quiet and freaked out...a familial form of PTSD?...and he's a psychologist to boot!

edj said...

Oh I HATE that book but I always sob at the end too, which makes me hate myself. (gulp!) It's such an emotionally manipulative book. Not just in the creepy bits (rocking a grown-up?), but the pictures--which seem to take us from the 80s to the 50s to the 90s; it's like the artist just couldn't choose! I "lost" that book, and got given a new copy, at least 3 times when my kids were tiny. Why-oh-why does everybody love it so?

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Teh_ak said...

My mom cries every time, and still does, especially now that im older