"Love You Forever" by Robert Munsch is a classic children's book loved around the world, but now it's being reworked to remove any problematic elements by writer Topher Payne.
In the original story, the allegory for a parent's love for their child is presented through the mother singing a lullaby to him while he's asleep, even as he grows into an adult. In the end - spoiler alert - the son sings the lullaby to his mom when she is dying.
Payne wanted to rework the ending because “It sets up the cycle of behaviour repeating itself in the end. Clearly the son is inheriting his mother’s routine, and presumably her ladder. That’s just chilling.”
In the new story, the son installs bars on his windows to keep his boundary-oblivious mom out. When she shows up, he sings a new lullaby to her: "“I love you forever, I like you for always, but what’s going on here isn’t working for me.”
“Sometimes we hesitate to tell someone we love that we need a little space because we’re worried about hurting their feelings,” Payne wrote.
In the end, the mother and son work out a new system that includes special outings that are planned in advance through text or phone.