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Magic fairy dust

When I was a teen, my favorite show was “I dream of Jeannie.” I just loved the fantasy of blinking and making things happen, smoking in and out of a bottle, having a bouncy blond pony tail and wearing harem clothing.

Years later when my kids were in elementary school, I wrote for the school newsletter. I wrote a column about technology and magic fairy dust, laundry fairies and paper eating dragons.

You are wondering what on earth that had to do with technology? Nothing. It was pure drivel. I made most of it up to entertain myself and get people to read it. Charles, too, loved magic and fantasy stories.  He was a dreamer always.

We really were a happy family. Normal really. We ate meals together, we played games, had sleepovers and bonfires. I made brownies, had birthday parties with Piñatas.

Those of us who’ve lost a child to suicide want to analyze what we missed. But in all honesty, the signs that were there were so subtle–not really indicators of what was to come.

He was so funny. So cute. And bubbling over with energy, ideas, and fantasies. Sometimes I wish I could wave my magic wand, sprinkle some magic fairy dust, go back in time and relive my life with Charles at that age again.

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Anne Moss Rogers

I am an emotionally naked mental health speaker, and author of the Book, Diary of a Broken Mind and co-author with Kim O'Brien PhD, LICSW of Emotionally Naked: A Teacher's Guide to Preventing Suicide and Recognizing Students at Risk. I raised two boys, Richard and Charles, and lost my younger son, Charles to addiction and suicide on June 5, 2015. I help people foster a culture of connection to prevent suicide, reduce substance misuse and find life after loss. My motivational mental health keynotes, training and workshop topics include suicide prevention, addiction, mental illness, anxiety, coping strategies/resilience, and grief. As talented and funny as Charles was, letting other people know they matter was his greatest gift. And now the legacy I try and carry forward in my son's memory. Mental Health Speakers Website. Trained in ASIST and trainer for the evidence-based 4-hour training for everyone called safeTALK.

6 thoughts on “Magic fairy dust”

  1. Me too Anne! I think every Mother has that favorite time with their kids! Maybe I should call BIG pharma and tell them they should start making magical “do over” fairy dust, since they are at the root of the problem! I have a feeling the FDA would take 500 years to approve it! Another narcotic? About 2 years! 😡

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