Pretty big story when it came out that beloved children’s author Robert Munsch was depressed and addicted to alcohol and cocaine. Shocking, as much as these things can be when dealing with people who give insanely manic live performances (Chris Farley, Robin Williams).
What really got me though is the back story to Munsch’s classic Love You Forever book and its popular refrain, as recounted in the November issue of the Walrus.
In the late 70s, early 80s, Munsch and his wife endured the still-births of two children, Sam and Gilly. Munsch at this time was still unaware of his bipolarity, and turned to drinking to help cope with his grieving.
Sitting in front of an audience in Guelph five years later, [Munsch] slowly started to make up a story. It wasn’t perfect yet, but the chorus was “I’ll love you forever, I’ll like you for always. As long as I’m living, my baby you’ll be.” It didn’t go over well, but he decided at that moment to write a book about it, and that the book would be the babies’ tombstone. He went backstage and began to cry.
Munsch reading Love You Forever: