Written and illustrated by Shaun Brink
(c)2014 all rights reserved
Dedicated to the old man in the park by Queen Mary Elementary school and to his friends in the coffee shop.
You had faith in me. You included me in your lives.
You were kind to me.You saw me.
Your gifts have stayed with me for five decades.
ABOUT THIS STORY
For many years I worked in the field of Child Protective Services. I met amazing children and parents. Their resiliency and determination gave them the strength to overcome trauma most folks will never experience. They inspired this story.
The story is part of a collection of illustrated stories I have done honoring the beauty of the human spirit.
This story is different then the others I have compiled, though. The drawings in this story really are just “doodles.”
The words for this story came later. They were born out of the feelings and words of children who yearned for safety and acceptance. I have been blessed to meet many such people through my work in child welfare. They teach me and amaze me with their insights and courage.
At first I thought I would edit out the notebook lines that were part of the drawings. I didn’t. I realized that they were the perfect backdrop to the pictures.
After all, the words in this story are the words of children. School notebook paper, lines and all, seemed just right.
In the end I left this story just as it was with child-like drawings and lined paper. I am just the messenger for the thoughts and feelings of many children.
You can help them.
AND NOW FOR THE STORY . . .
We need you.
IN PART TWO THE CHILDREN TELL WHAT THEY NEED FROM US TO FEEL SAFE AND LOVED.