‘Love yourself’….. And pain cuts through me as I feel the emptiness and the longing for his warm arms around me, his tender body close to mine…. Seeking comfort from the cold….. And pictures of a girl who was confused and could make no sense of the world comes to me…. So many times did she comfort herself…. Over and over with her legs pulled up to her chest, arms around her legs, like a ball… No one to blame, no blame to be uttered, just life with the lessons we have to learn…. Our parents loved us, like we love our children and lessons are here to be learnt…. Blame and guilt are illusions, but our love and innocence is real…..as long as we breathe we will love….. And I belive we will always seek this love to be shared with parents, children, friends, family and a partner that holds us when the cold goes through our bones…. Not because we cannot love ourselves or comfort ourselves, but because love is us and it is to be shared in many ways…..