Fuse #8

Saturday, April 22, 2006

Love You Forever Summed Up To a Tee

Great news, everybody. Those of you who know my feelings towards the infinitely lamentable Love You Forever and who concur, may enjoy Gregory K's newest Oddaptation. Mr. K is the man who brought the world the fibonacci poems that have been all the rage lately. I, personally, found this particular Oddaptation of his to be truly inspiring. Truly.


At 7:44 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree on the tree and the rainbow, but there's something you're missing about Love You Forever.

That obsessed mother who climbs into her adult son's bedroom by means of a ladder, just to rock him and sing to him? She's the patron saint of new mothers.

If you read LYF when you're in a postpartum hormonal hurricane, you glom onto that obsessive old lady. You're not alone. The adrenaline rush to your fingertips when anybody leans over to look at your kid? Not so bad. At least you're not pricing ladders. It's scary shit, those first weeks, and LYF with all its oddity is ... comforting. You can actually laugh at some of the impulses that go through your head when there's any kind of even remote threat to your kid and otherwise might be a tad disturbing.

AND. If you're going to go all batty about LYF because of a creepy overly committed mother, you'll have to do the same thing for The Runaway Bunny. "I will be the wind and I will blow you where I want you to go".... That's one scary Mommy Dearest Rabbit. She doesn't even need a ladder.

At 11:41 AM , Blogger fusenumber8 said...

Now that is a very good point. Until this moment in time I've not been touching on old "Runaway Bunny" in the least. Not because I disagree with you. That mommy bunny has issues of separation that mama-ladder-love could take a tip from. The love a woman has for her child is a wonderful and truly powerful thing. I would NOT want to be the person to walk up to a new mommy and tell her that the copy of LYF or "Runaway" she clutches to her chest is disturbing in any way. That doesn't make it any less true, though.

Now taking down Margaret Wise Brown is a delicate task. One that I'm not entirely certain I'm up to. I've never written an official review of "Runaway", though now you're tempting me. You're sorely sorely tempting me.

At 11:47 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I always loved Teeny Tiny Baby for expressing how cuckoo we all go - not just the new mothers - for the very small and new.


At 12:05 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

BTW, Robert Munsch drives me cuckoo and Margaret Wise Brown makes me swoon...but to articulate and justify my preferences would take time.

I think it starts with language. His use in uninspired and she is a master.


At 6:01 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree that there is something creepy about both mothers -- ladder mama and bunny mama. But I don't get the leap from creepy to mediocre.

There's lot of stuff out there in storytelling land which gives me the creeps. Sometimes creepy is well done, and sometimes it isn't. No?

At 6:01 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

PS Happy birthday to you. I remember 28. Fondly.


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