Happy 70th Birthday, Robert Munsch!

Robert MunschThe first Robert Munsch book I read to my kids was ‘Love You Forever’. It was a popular book, although I didn’t know that fact when I read it to my kids.

The story begins with a couple and their newborn baby boy. The focus of the book is the bond of love between mother and son, and the never-ending circle of life.

This sweet story takes a humorous turn as the boy becomes a teenager. The mom goes into his room at night and holds him as if he is still a baby. The kids and I, start to giggle at this point, but we save our bust-a-gut laughter for the next page.

The son, a full-grown man, and newly married, sleeps beside his wife in his new home. The mom climbs a ladder to her son’s bedroom, crawls through the window and scoops up her son and cradles him while he sleeps.

The kids giggle at the absurd scene, and I laugh until the tears are running down my face. When I’m calm enough to speak, I ask the kids to imagine their Nana climbing through the window to hold Daddy in the middle of the night. There are fresh hoots of laughter.

I turn the page expecting more hilarity of the same kind, but when I start to read I have a lump in my throat, and my eyes well up. I was not expecting the tone of the story to change. The kids look up at me, prompting me to continue reading. I clear my throat and start.

The second half of the book is about the role reversal from caregiver to the care receiver. The mom is now elderly and frail, relying on her son to look after her. He gently picks her up and carries her to her bed. The love and tenderness that the son shows his mom reflects the love she’s given him his entire life. It is an exquisitely touching moment, and for a minute my eyes are too blurry to read more.

My kids look up at me and ask, “What’s wrong?”

“The mom dies,” I say.

I take a breath and turn the page not knowing what to expect. In the book, just like reality, life goes on. The son and his wife now have a baby girl. They gaze adoringly at their baby wrapped in their loving arms. And so the circle continues. Ending the book on a sweet, happy moment.

I turn to my daughter and say, “One day, this will be you and your dad.”

“He’ll creep through your window to cradle his baby girl, and then it will be your turn…” My breath catches in my throat. That’s enough about the circle of life for now.

Years later, I read why Munsch wrote, ‘Love You, Forever.’ He wrote it for his two stillborn babies; a tribute to the children he never knew.

“I like you for always, I’ll love you forever, as long as I’m living, my babies you’ll be.”

Happy Birthday, Robert Munsch, and thank you for all of your wonderful stories!


The Perverted Reaction of Christians to Caitlyn Jenner

Caitlyn JennerHey, can we talk?

I’m trying to understand why Christians are so opposed to Bruce Jenner becoming Caitlyn Jenner.

A lot of Christians think it’s an abomination, a perversion on an epic scale. I don’t understand why. The posts on Facebook talk about those people, and their kind, staying away from us and ours. You would almost think it’s catching. Maybe, people from the transgender community will rob our children of their innocence or give them perverted ideas.

Don’t Christians know that you can’t catch it? It’s not a perversion, it’s a sad biological mix-up of sexes, that happens long before birth.

Imagine for a minute that you are trapped in a body of the opposite sex. For Bruce, or rather Caitlyn, that means a lifetime of knowing you are a female while the world sees you as a man, and treats you like a man. I can’t imagine how horrifying it is to feel this way.

The very essence of your soul screams for recognition of who you are on the inside. People make comments about Caitlyn being a man who will now use the woman’s washroom, but Caitlyn was always a woman. She doesn’t know how to think like a man, and she certainly doesn’t know how to think like a pedophile. If she does, that’s another issue entirely. She has spent her whole life knowing she belongs in the woman’s washroom, but unable to use it, because she was born the wrong gender on the outside.

Caitlyn’s decision to match her outside to her inside didn’t come easily. The hormone therapy, the surgeries, and the transition period would take a toll on her mental and physical fortitude. Only someone who truly knows who they are would make this change. This is not a choice that anyone would make just so they could wear dresses and prey on young girls in the woman’s bathroom.

For a man to become a woman, surgeons must split his penis in half, invert it and create a vagina.

There will be the argument that God doesn’t make mistakes, but we don’t live in a perfect world, and sometimes life goes off the rails. Mothers give birth to still-born babies, babies with diseases and congenital defects. It happens all the time. So why is it such a stretch to believe that a child could be born in the wrong body?

 Being born the wrong sex in the wrong body, is not a perversion.

The perversion is our reaction to it.