Can you imagine having a song in your head that you can’t sing? Every time you tried to sing the song you cried so hard that you were unable to sing it?
Recently, I read about how the children’s book Love You Forever, by Canadian author, Robert Munsch came to be written. The author and his wife had two stillborn babies. Since then, they’ve adopted three children. Losing two children left the author with a song in his head that he couldn’t sing. For a long time, the song replayed in his head and he was unable to share it because he physically couldn’t get the words out of his mouth without breaking into tears.
One day while telling stories at the University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada the author realized that he could build a story around the song.
“I’ll love you forever,
I’ll like you for always,
As long I’m living,
my baby you’ll be.”
Brittany was two years old when this book was first published and yes, I read this book to her when she was a little girl. Since then the book has been published in other languages. It has sold more than 15 million copies. Robert Munch now can and does sing the song without weeping.
I love and understand everything about this story. I, like Munsch, had a song in my heart about my child, Brittany Maynard, who lived for only twenty-nine years. For a while, I couldn’t write or speak about her without bursting into tears. Now I’ve written a book about loving her always. I can speak about her with joy in my voice. Sometimes the tears still come unbidden, but telling our story helped, just as I’m sure it helped the author of Love You Forever.