Updated: Jun 3
"I love you forever, I'll like you for always, as long as I'm living my baby you'll be."
When I was a kid, I used to love this quote from one of my favorite books, "Love You Forever" by Robert Munsch. I recently thought it might make a good blog post, so I reread the book as a young adult. Surprisingly, I found myself crying tears of happiness while I read it because the story touched my heart and made me realize how much my mom has done and will do for me.
In the book, after the mother has her baby boy, she starts a tradition of telling him every night that she'll "love him forever" and he'll always be her baby. As her son grows up, she realizes parenting isn't as easy as she thought. However, almost every night, she still sings the same loving song over and over again even when he's an adult. After the mother dies, the son realizes how important that song was to him and decides to pass the tradition down to his baby daughter. He wants to make sure she'll grow to know that he will love her forever, like her for always, and as long as he's living, be his baby.
After I read this book, I started thinking about the family traditions I have that make me feel like I'm special, just like the song did for the boy in the story. One of the traditions my family does with me is when I pack my lunch to go to school, my mom will sometimes slip a handwritten note on a napkin for me to find at lunch time. When I discussed the notes with my mom, I was shocked to realize that my Grandma used to write notes for my mom just like my mom does for me. The notes are usually inspiring messages out of love that make me feel I'll be able to survive the sometimes rough days.
When I grow up, I hope to pass down almost all of my family's traditions to my kids so they'll feel the same assurance of love from my intentions that I've felt from my parents. All in all, even though everyone's family traditions may be different, I know parents' intentions will always be to assure their kids that they love them through all their mistakes and will continue to do so until they take their final breath.
Please let me know if you have any family traditions that make you feel loved in the comments.