The Butterfly Box
There once was a little girl,
With rosy cheeks and hair all a curl.
She loved to dance and she loved to play
In her very own innocent way
Until one day
She didn’t want to dance
And she didn’t want to play
She had all these feelings
that would not go away
She tried to smile
And she tried to sing
But every time she tried
it didn’t change a thing
Her heart was heavy
and her emotions were high
But the poor little girl
she didn’t know why
Along came her mother
who said Oh me Oh my
And handed her a box
etched with a butterfly
She said when I was a girl and didn’t know what to do
I would write little notes and nobody knew
I put them in here
In this little box
And I sealed it shut
and I gave three knocks
When I opened the box
The notes were still there
But this is the message
that I want to share
I was a girl
Who loved to dance and play
Until one day the feelings
did not go away
So my sweet little dear
This box I have here
I kept it for you
to deposit your fears
And in a week or a month
or even a year
You will open the box
to see there was nothing to fear.
Children’s mental health is becoming a more prominent issue. The pressures of childhood can be overwhelming for children. School, hormones, family issues all can weigh heavily on a child. Please pay attention to your child’s eating habits, energy levels and general over all health. A change in some of these signs along with others can be an indication for concern. If you are concerned that your child or a child that you know might be struggling with a mental health issue please find help. This is a very helpful and informative Canadian resource http://www.cmha.ca/mental-health/your-mental-health/children/
Please take the time to listen, hear and be present in your children’s lives or in the lives of the children around you. Their greatest support should come from home and those that matter the most to them.
Beautiful. Excellent cause. And poem.
Thank you Jim. I think it is.
Really love this, Jennifer ♥♥
Thank you Ladies.
Really beautiful, Jennifer. And I love the idea of the box…
Thank you Cathy. Yes the poem just came to me but I have had many conversations like this with my daughters.
Excellent post, Jennifer. Your mother was a wise woman and the butterfly box is a strategy that I will share with those close to me.
Thank you. I actually just came up with the poem. I was inspired to write it to bring awareness. I have had many conversations like this with my girls and will now implement the box with my youngest daughter. I’m glad it moved you to share.
All the best to you and yours and thank you for taking the time to comment. It means a lot to me.
Absolutely beautiful…I love the idea especially being the mother of a tween daughter who is dealing with all those surging emotions. I think I am going to implement your idea and see how it works.
Being a tween is a difficult age. It’s nice to keep the lines of communication in whatever way we find that works. Let me know how it goes if you do choose to use it.
I sure will.
Beautiful words of wisdom that can apply to us all.
Yes they sure can. I hope you have a great day.
As always Jennifer, a beautiful story with a poignant message. Thank you for sharing.
Thank you Ray. I appreciate it.
Yes, thank you for sharing, Jennifer
You’ve just inspired me…
I’m glad to hear that. Let me know what comes of it.
just a fragment thus far:
no heart made a home,
a skull his fallout shelter
’til the boy was grown..,
This was a lovely read, thank you (I read it thrice). Thank you for visiting my blog also, I am new to this and not very competent with computers so hope I have left a comment appropriately. Very best wishes and kind regards. Kieran (Baldy) 🙂
Thank you for your kind words and welcome to my blog.
Beautiful poem, and inspiration for other parents. Great idea.
Thank you so much. I appreciate your kind words and encouragement.
Thank you Kara.
Great Work and a Great Cause to Give Voice To!
Thank you. I think so too.
hmmmm love the title.
Beautiful post — thought-provoking and an important subject to bring into the light. Heartfelt and so poignant. Thank you for sharing.
Thank you Michelle. It is a very important issue indeed.
Hi 🙂 first I wanted to say, thank you for liking some of my post recently. Secondly, this poem is absolutely beautiful. I really like it. I’m not a mother yet, no where close but for a while now, I’ve worked with children. Whether it be in church settings, babysitting or at a camp and I tend to observe them. I’ve learned so much from their tender hearts and just how drastic their understanding and feelings can be. I’m not sure where I’m trying to get with this… but your poem reminds me of a child’s book called “The Heart and the Bottle” by Oliver Jeffers.
Thank you I really appreciate you taking the time to comment. Children are beautiful.. so full of knowledge!
Thanks for letting me know about this. I put a link on my post so those who happen to read it can find this as well. 🙂
Thank you for sharing it. Mental health is an important issue that many people and families face. Thank you for bringing light to it. 🙂
My pleasure. I will be reblogging some others that I have writen and have some others in the works for this month. My mental-health issues are not who I am…but they are part of who I am and need to be treated as such and not hidden away in shame.
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More re blogs from my other blog.
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Here is an older poem pulled forth. It is in regards to childhood depression. It is a way to help open the lines of communication with your young tweens.
Very Beautiful…Hope You have a time to read my post and assist…God Bless