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...all the things that go bump in the night,
Giving him quite a fright.
He calls for Mama but to his chagrin,
She does not come charging in.
Instead she listens and responds
but patience does not come easily.
Little Llama is not happy
And will not lie down for his nappy;
Without her presence by his side
..and so he goes and starts to cry.
He wails and frets and stomps his feet,
Hoping that Mama he will soon meet.
Instead when she varily appears
Though not impressed, his fears she clears.
With tender words shared heart to heart,
He now knows they're never apart.
For love connects us one and all,
Bridging distance both great..and small.
Sorry for my outburst of lyrical writing (or attempt at it anyway). I was inspired by this brief yet wonderful story. Can't help but smile at the tenderness shown in the simple words relayed to assure little llama of his Mama's love for him. It's a great read for the little ones who may be questioning these very things in the dark as well as a great reminder for older readers of how the connections we make throughout life can start in the simpliest of forms.
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