This is what my son still paints a year after Hurricane Maria came to our island, and changed our lives forever. .
He asked for his paint, some paper, and I thought to myself, “yay, my creative child, ready for a masterpiece, that’ll keep him still for 20 min 🙏 ”. When he was done, I asked him what he had painted, I should’ve known, but all I was thinking was he used too much black, and I just wish he had used brighter colors. He explained it was the storm, the water, Puerto Rico and New Jersey (where we went for 3 months after losing our home).
As much as I love and enjoy my island’s peoples sense of humor, their hilarious memes trying to make a sad situation a little less painful, making light of all of it, the mess, the chaos, seeing this made me feel all that sadness and loss all over again, my son still struggles with anxiety, he’s still trying to make sense of out of what happened. So am I, I suppose. .
If the wind blows a particular way, if there are too many dark clouds, if there’s a thunder storm, a loud noise, little things, these are the things that have become his monsters... no need for any hairy 3 eyed monster lurking in the dark, or scary zombies chasing him or any creepy unknown creature under the bed... Nature, nature has become the scariest thing to him. .
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