Love You Forever

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Love You Forever

Intro to Social Psychology
For: Professor Suzan McGirl

October 15, 2010

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The title is says it all “LOVE YOU FOREVER”, written by Robert Munsch in 1984. The children’s book is often given to a new mother when they have their first child. This story is about a young mother and her baby boy, and how they both grow together. A mother’s unconditional love, understanding, belief and forever presence in a child’s life; is it her heart, job or her gender. Every night the young woman would sing the following lullaby: I’ll love you forever, I’ll like you for always, As long as I’m living, my baby you’ll be. The baby went through all the stages of childhood from toddler, to teenager, to college man, to moving out on his own. But the mother night after night, she took the boy into his arms rocking him gently and sang the same lullaby. When he was a toddler, a rebellious teenager, even when he was gone to college she would sneak into his dorm room and do the same thing. Would this be considered her positive communal traits mixed in with her negative traits? This would imply sexism would it not? In every page of the book the boy is experience every stage of his life and the mother every page her stage of life as a mother. When the mother grew too old to continue to sneak out, her child changed the roles and the son went home and took his frail old mother into his arms, rocked her LOVE YOU FOREVER 3

while singing the lullaby she sang to him his whole life. When he left he gently kissed her and went home. There waiting for him was his daughter, he sat in the nursery rocking chair, rocking and softly sang his mother’s lullaby “I’ll love you baby you’ll be”, just like his mother had done to him, and he had done to his mother earlier. He was taught by his mother her communal traits even the negative ones, that made him over emotional to the women in his life, especially his mother and...
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