Momma llama love—#griefheart number 292

When my boys were little, we’d walk into the library to get books related to certain holidays and in February, they’d have valentine-related books on top of the bookshelves. Both my sons loved books but Charles didn’t understand why we couldn’t take twenty or thirty books home.

This llama llama book book came out when he was a teen but I remember he had a saying  about momma llama love and I can’t recall the context in which he used the phrase. He would pick out pretty much all that would be on display and more and I would attempt to cajole him into leaving some for other kids. until one day I said “Fine, we’ll take home as many as you can carry.” Then the librarian told him there was a limit so Mr. Negotiator started in on her and it was all I could do not to die laughing as this three-year-old made a convincing case for checking out more books. It didn’t hurt that he was adorable with shock white hair. He did manage to get a few over the limit of seven that time.

I would have to read and re-read them before he could read starting at age three. By the age of five, he could read Captain Underpants books and the Goosebump series but he would still beg for me to read to him, too, because he wanted to cuddle up. Even back then suffered from insomnia and hated that lonely feeling that went with trouble sleeping.

He loved books about love–books like “Love you to the moon and back.” And he would make me a Valentine every year.  I miss the child who gave love so unselfconsciously and so often.

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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.

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