I was rummaging through our bedroom closet looking for our 2011 property tax paperwork (damn taxes) and found one of two copies of Love You Forever (the classic Robert Munsch book). I’d kept that copy away from the little hands in our house because one of my sisters gave it to Addy on her first birthday and wrote a really nice message in it, so I didn’t want it ruined.
Anyway, I left it out, Peyps got her paws on it, found me in the bathroom, hit me in the knee with it, then asked me (in her way) to read it to her. We got into my bed (Peter and Addy were already cuddling) and I started readng. Two pages in she decided it would be more fun to giggle and play with her sister, so I sat and read the rest of it quietly. My mom used to read it when we were kids, and we had a tape we used to play of Robert Munsch reading it. (I vividly remember playing the tape and reading the book when we lived in my parents’ first house. I was probably seven.)
If you know the book, you’ll know it’s a tearjerker. I was a sensitive kid (no surprise there), and the story always made me emotional. Tonight was the first time I’ve read it as a parent…and I just about lost it. I bawled like a baby. Peter laughed. (He’s a LOT older than me and doesn’t remember ever reading the book. He was 14 when it came out, so it probably wasn’t “cool” to read at his age. He went to hockey so I’ll make him read it tomorrow…then watch him sniffle.) Addy said, “I don’t like it when you cry, Mommy.” Peyps smacked me (lovingly).
Peter often mentions how much sappier he is since having the girls. (He blogged about it once.) Apparently I’m a much bigger sap too. (Though I’ve always been one….)
Has this (or another) book affected you since you became a parent? Do you find you’re more of an emotional sap since having kids?