Monday, December 05, 2011

A Parent's Love

While we were browsing at a bookstore, my son who was a pre-teen then found this little story about a mother and her son, and showed it to me.  It was a touching read but looking at the price, I thought it was too expensive for a children's book...so we put it back.  But I never forgot the story.  As my son grew up, I would remember the story and wish that I bought the book.  Last February, I was tasked to give a talk on "honoring our parents". As I was preparing my slides, I thought about the message of that book and how apt it would be for my talk. However, the only thing I can remember was the story line, the picture on the cover and nothing else. So I started searching on the internet...and many hours later, I found it...Thank God that today everything is in the internet!  The book is "Love me Forever" by Robert Munsch.  Here is a video presentation taken from YouTube.


After my talk, I showed this video and needless to say, there were not a lot of dry eyes left.  That's because this book tells us of what we all experience...and that is the love of a parent, especially that of a mommy.   All of us were once babies, then toddlers, then teens, then adults and parents too and we can all relate to the story.   My son is 21 and I still wait up for him till he gets home. I am middle aged but my elderly mom continues to be protective and supportive of me in everything I do and will be there for me, no matter what.  In fact, one reason why I am sharing about this book today is because I continue to experience my mother's love every day of my life.  She has selflessly given me financial support while I am out of a job, even without my asking. Yet, although she is still very much in control of her life, she is also no longer physically able to do everything by herself.  Seeing this, I try to make life easier for her by doing errands, driving her and anything else she wants done.  And so, having children and an aging mother, I know what this book is all about. It is reminding us that there is no retirement from parenthood. I too will forever be a mom to my kids no matter how old they get.  And as an adult whose mother is beginning to need physical help more and more, it is now time to honor and care for her.  Our parents love us without measure...can we do the same for our parents?

I'll love you forever,
I'll like you for always,
As long as I'm living
my baby you'll be.

I'll love you forever,
I'll like you for always,
As long as I'm living
my Mommy you'll be.





18 comments:

  1. Weeehhh, I love my parents so much. :)

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  2. A mother's love does stay through thick and thin and it will always be there no matter how things end up.

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  3. nothing is really greater than mother's love to her children... it always bring tears to one's eyes.. :(

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  4. This one makes me silent and reflect. I'm thinking of my Mom now back home; I already missed her -- really! Thank you so much for this post.

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  5. I feel the love exuding from your post Ms. Maritel! I am not a parent just yet but I already understand what you mean about forever being a parent to your kids.. I've been parentless for so long now. But I grew up with my dad til I was 11, before he died. Since then I've considered my cousins as my parents as they've sacrificed a lot for me, as they've raised me as their own. I know that I will forever be grateful and in debt to them..

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  6. this is very inspiring and indeed so touched whir watching! xx

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  7. I love that book too!! i was so touched with that book..

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  8. very true, very true... no one can replace and surpass a mother's love!

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  9. I love that book it always leave me a teary eye every time I read it to my daughter every night..:'( its very touching...miss my parents hay!

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  10. the mother's love will always be forever... sometimes it doesn't show physically but within ... they care a lot....

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  11. Such a sweet post. This is touching to every child's heart.

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  12. I agree..we cannot retire from parenthood..whether or not our kids are all grown up we would still worry about them.

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  13. I do love my parents too, though we haven't been together that much since in our younger years, they are out of the country working, and by the time they stayed for good in the Philippines, I was also on my way to work out of the country.

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  14. From the start that our kids came in this world, our responsibilities as a parents are just also started until at the end of our life in this world.

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  15. a very touching story. I hope kids will realize their moms' importance.

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  16. Oh! the very song my young daughter sang to me one day from school which I also featured in one of my posts. Such a simple but important message.

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  17. There's no LOVE in the world that can equal to the love a parent can give to the child. We are lucky to have parents who can offer their unconditional and unselfish love.

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