For many families Christmas this year will be about working their budgets so they can get their children the toys they’re dreaming Santa will bring them and enjoying warm nights in, watching re-runs of wonderful Christmas films and cartoons, but for many, things will be different.
Thousands of families across the UK will not have their children this year; they may have just lost them to the care system or face impending investigations which will determine whether or not they can keep their children, or grandchildren, next year. It is one of the darkest moments in their lives and some are already living anniversaries of those fateful decisions, silently mourning the loss, which never leaves them.
Maggie Tuttle, who campaigns for the Voice of the Child to be heard in court proceedings and who has experienced the pain of this kind of loss, also happens to write the most beautiful poetry. She has asked me to share some of her writing on the blog, so I have added it below.
From both Maggie and I, to those families suffering in ways we cannot even imagine this Christmas, we are all thinking of you, and these poems are dedicated to you and your children:
A Poem For a Special Boy
From the day you were born
My life was a joy
From morning to dawn
You were the happiest boy
Just like when your daddy was born
You both were two little joys
To be loved and to be cuddled my two gorgeous boys
Just like the day you were born.
The memories we keep of those wonderful joys
Cause the day you return you will be a man not a boy.
Written by Maggie Tuttle December 2013
To a special little girl for ever
The day you were born so was a world
To love and to hold
You were my world
You were taken from me into an unknown world
But in my world you will live forever
And one day soon you will be back forever
As always you will remain my little girl
And one day you will know the world is just you and I
May god forgive those who trespassed against us?
Maggie Tuttle December 2013
For all the little girls taken from their families at Christmas