Bruce wore tiger-striped reading glasses today. Some I picked up from the dollar store. He has no fashion sense and doesn’t care, so it’s amusing when he is accidentally in style.
He needed a bandage because he just had something on his face treated by the dermatologist. So I heard him yell, “Don’t tell me this is all we have for bandaids?”
I responded, “What? You don’t like bright purple ones? Lime green? How about the ones with hearts? Oh, and we have some with Minions on them!”
Tiger stripes framed the resignation in his eyes. He must have sensed what was not fashionable right then. Imagine that. 🙂
Bruce has always had my back. I wouldn’t have been able to do what I did with Lilly without him. Working with a traumatized child is an uphill climb, and you have to have some help along the way. Maybe the “Bruce” in your life is a close friend, a brother, or a group of parents supporting each other. Don’t try to go for any length of time by yourself.
Where can you find some support? Try your local foster agency, either county or private. They will know about support groups. Ask around if you belong to a church. Here are organizations that are helpful:
BEYOND Trauma and Attachment (BETA) A Facebook open support group . They offer humor, information, and retreats.
Attachment & Trauma Network (ATN) Great international resource with a crisis hotline: 888-656-9806.
The National Institute for Trauma and Loss in Children is on Face Book. TLC
Institute for Attachment and Child Development IACD
See my RESOURCE tab on the home page for more help. <3 Nealie
*(Minions is a trademark of Universal City Studios LLC)