I will never forget the drive home from the hospital that day. Reaching our destination meant telling our (then) 4-year old daughter her big brother would never be coming home. On Christmas morning no less. My mind raced for the right words. Those words don’t exist.
The days that followed were a blur. I can only imagine how difficult they were for her to comprehend. She and I had so many conversations. How do you explain the complexities of life to a child? It’s near impossible when still trying to wrap your own brain around it.
We weren’t prepared with books. There wasn’t time to research. So, we winged it. Overall, it went well. Yet, since that day I find myself looking for additional ways to generate conversation on her level.
My Favorite Color is Blue. Sometimes. did just that.
Using art and color, the book illustrates the complex emotions found in grief. After reading the first two pages, I stopped and asked what the book was about. She paused quietly and responded, “Cameron”.
Here are a few of the passages that spoke to our hearts:
- Purple remembers. I remember your eyes, your laughter. I remember so many things about you.
- You are a shooting star. Your light trails across the heavens. I blinked and you were gone.
- Brown is the old penny I found on the sidewalk.
To get your own copy: My Favorite Color is Blue. Sometimes.
Book Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kKvdL2FcXtQ
Author Bio: Artist and author Roger Hutchison is the Director of Christian Formation and Parish Life at Palmer Memorial Episcopal Church in Houston, Texas. His first book, The Painting Table: A Journal of Loss and Joy, has been used by people of all ages in schools, churches, and community groups across the United States. Roger’s second book, Under the Fig Tree: Visual Prayers and Poems for Lent (2015) has been released to rave reviews. He had the privilege of painting with children who had witnessed the tragic shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, CT. The experience affected him profoundly and convinced him of a vocation to use his writing and art to serve those who grieve.