I was looking at some things on the Internet over the weekend and I found this. It's a picture of a wedding cake that was based on the book The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein. Apparently the marriage couple both worked as elementary teachers and they thought this was a great theme for their wedding.
My first thought was: What were they thinking??????
To base your wedding, your marriage, around a story about a dependent user and an enabler just seems crazy. I know a lot of people think this book is sweet and teaches people to be generous. Um, no. It's a scary look into twisted unhealthy relationships. I know everyone brings their own experiences into the books they read but I'm baffled how people think this is a good book, how they even read it to their children! I know I'm not the only one who thinks this way since I read the reviews on Goodreads.
I believe this is supposed to be a portrayal of a mother (or parent) child relationship. I know that being a parent often feels like you have to give all of yourself to your children. And a parent should sacrifice for their children. But...maybe I'm just selfish here but really, isn't part of being a parent teaching your child how to do for themselves? At least, shouldn't it be?
Really what I want to know is, why? Do you like the book and why or why not? What do you see in it? I'd like to know. I want to see more than what I see, I'd like to hope that the world isn't so scary that people see this as normal.