a drawing by my mother, c. 1970s

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My mother went through a phase of children’s illustrations long before I was born. This particular image hung on the wall of my childhood bedroom. I stumbled across it the other day and experienced a wave of nostalgia, but also felt the lingering fear it used to cause me when I was little.

This series featured original ideas (such as this one), but many of the drawings were inspired from traditional fairy tales. She adored The Brothers Grimm or Hans Christian Anderson and always read these tales to me in their original form. For this reason she refused to take me to Disney films as she felt they butchered the stories to make them family friendly.

I do kind of like classic Disney movies because they feel strangely forbidden to me (I went to my friend’s house to watch them), but I can also understand her point of view as well. If you were raised on a Cinderella where the step sisters chopped off their heels to fit that glass slipper, and who eventually had their eyes pecked out by birds at the royal wedding, watching the Disney version might seem a bit dull.

horror, personal

A drawing by my mother.

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so very fit

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Not one would mind, neither bird nor tree,
If mankind perished utterly;

And Spring herself, when she woke at dawn,
Would scarcely know that we were gone.

~excerpt from There Will Come Soft Rains by Sara Teasdale

quotes, writing

neither bird nor tree

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personal

chaos in cat form

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This was an alternative sketch to an earlier image, ‘Witch’. Today I decided to flesh it out and finish it, create something seperate and new.

personal, random

Instinct

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I don’t have enough tears to save you this time.

personal

Dry

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The first known case in the 2014 Ebola epidemic was a toddler in Guinea who likely contracted the virus from a wild animal (possibly a bat). This was the largest ebola epidemic on record. There were 28,603 known cases and 11,301 deaths.

infectious disease, medical, medical history

Index Case

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