And I-yiiiiiiiiii-yiiiiiiiii…. Will always love you…
No I’m not talking about Whitney Houston and Kevin Costner’s tragic silver screen calamity. Ugghhh… I STILL can’t get that song out of my head! But hopefully the beautifully crafted work written by UNC Chapel Hill professor, author, scholar, dancer, mom and one of my bestest homies… Dr. Renee Alexander Craft, will help me get Whitney Houston off the brain.
In 2008, Renee watched one of her dearest friends and mother of two, succumb to breast cancer. As the sadness of her friend’s failing health mounted, Renee began to take particular interest in her friend’s two daughters. She wrote “I Will Love You Everywhere Always” to help the young girls learn practical means of understanding and appreciating the lasting impact of a loved one who transitions.
The story is extremely poignant, a long-form poem told from a mother who is sick and dying to her young and attentive daughter. She reminds her of the memories, and special moments they’ve shared and of the loving and supportive family who will be there to comfort and remind her. The story is as precious as the sentiment. We’ve all known loss in our lives, and we’ve all managed to find ways to cope. But for children especially, the loss of a loved one, a grandparent or parent… a favorite aunt or uncle, a friend or even a family pet can be especially traumatizing. “I Will Love You...” is an essential story, and regrettably, one that is not often told.
The forthcoming book features illustrations by award-winning artist Cosmo Whyte, which perfectly compliment the the story.
Currently “I Will Love You Everywhere Always” can use all of our support. A self-published project, “I Will Love You…” is soliciting donations online to help support the publishing, distribution and marketing efforts to ensure that this powerful children’s book gets the attention it deserves. Please join The 15 Project in supporting Dr. Alexander-Craft’s “I Will Love You Everywhere Always” by going to the campaign page and making a donation today. You can pledge as little as $10! But as the lovely Lisa McDowell so famously said at the Jackson Heights Black Awareness Rally “…we’re happy to take the kind of money that jingles, but we’d rather have the kind that folds.”