Many of you have probably seen and/or read this book before. It is a popular one. I grew up with it in my house and we read it often. I always loved the picture on the front. I never did stuff like that, right? 😉 It was also a phrase that we said often in my house growing up. “I love you forever, I like you for always. As long as I am living, my baby you’ll be.”
At the end of December, we had a beautiful memorial/funeral for my Grandma Marble. My mom told a story at the funeral of how she would read Grandma this book as she was getting more sick. One day they had had an argument about getting a hospital bed in the house. After a long day of hard decisions and lots of talking, my mom was leaving the house and she said, “I love you forever, I like you for always.” And Grandma replied, “As long as I am living, my baby you will be…..but we are NOT getting a hospital bed.”
When I started dating Greg, the first time we really hung out, he told me of his brother Paul and how he had passed away, at that time, just over 4 years previous. The first time I went down to see him in Salt Lake, he took me to Paul’s grave. I was not surprised to see this inscribed on his headstone, “I love you forever, I like you for always, forever and ever my baby you will be.” We cried.
This past weekend was Paul’s birthday. Teresa has started a literacy fund in honor of Paul and it is a pass along book club of sorts. Anyone can donate lightly used or new books to Paul’s Books and then they become traveling books. Once you read it, you can journal about it so that Teresa and Brent know where these books go and how they have impacted someones life, and then that person can pass them on and on. It is quite a wonderful program!
Well, every year, on Paul’s birthday, they have a birthday party for him and also have all of Paul’s books available for their friends and family to come and exchange, they have cake and ice cream and it is quite a lovely get together in Paul’s honor.
We are lucky because Grammy and PopPop(Teresa and Brent) save the best books for us kids and we can choose which ones we take. Well, this book was right there with the best books and we didn’t have a copy yet. We decided it was time. We brought it home and Bekkett has been LOVING going through that bag of books that Grammy and PopPop sent home with us.
Yesterday, he came up to me and said, “I wantta boo” (aka I want a book,…or read to me). I told him to choose a book and this is what he chose. I had just done my makeup, he sat on my lap and I read him this book…and I cried and cried. Bekkett kept looking at me wondering what was wrong, but he was so sweet just to give me lots of loves and snuggle mama and he let me cry. What a sweet little man I have. I am grateful every day that God sent him to me.
What a precious book that captures a mothers heart as her little boy grows up. My only hope is that as Bekkett grows up, that we will be fortunate enough to have him there at the end of the book, that he can take care of Greg and I until it is our time to go.
And here I am weeping again.
May that little boy always know how he has won his mommy and daddy’s heart over. And in good times and hard times, I pray that we will be able to always SHOW HIM the love that entered my heart on June 20, 2011 and has made my heart grow 100 times over since that day!