Melody Howarth still hurts.
She signs her e-mails “Sincerly, Melody, Tyler’s mama.”
Friday nights, when many of her fellow mothers are cheering for their sons on the North Forsyth High School football team, Howarth misses hers the most.
Tyler Howarth died two years ago in a freak accident when he was electrocuted on Lake Lanier.
His family and friends have established several efforts in his memory, including a scholarship and equipment fund and a memorial fundraising run/walk.
Other recent memorials include a rock carving placed at North’s football stadium and the release of a book of poetry and artwork called “Beyond the Earth.”
“Being a mama is what I love the most and reason enough for my existence,” Howarth writes in her poet’s statement.
“I can’t imagine life anywhere without my boys. I hold on to them in any possible way that I can. I know Tyler exists.”
Illustrator Carole Hale, Howarth and her 13-year-old son, Clay, compiled the volume, available for $10 at Heavenly Dove bookstore and online.
Melody Howarth describes the poems as relating to typical family times.
“They are treasures that assure me that my boys very much exist,” she writes.
“The later poems in this book turn to my search for hope and Tyler after his transition to a much better place, I believe. He is always near.”
For more information about the book and other memorial efforts, go online at www.tylerhowarth.org.