Choose Your Weapons, Ladies!

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This cartoon is the story of my life: endless ideas, carousel-like focus. These six tools became my best friends, each one taking a turn comforting me, challenging me, defying me, and assisting me in my exploration of the woman I was to become. They are each worth their weight in solid gold.

Roots of Creativity

Both of my parents were fairly decent writers, my mom also a multi-media artist and my dad a woodworker. I was taught by example that creativity is natural, even important, but it will never pay the rent so “First Things First.” Dad had a high-stress job that killed him at 61 years of age. Mom had three kids and a case of semi-managed depression. Their creative outlets saved them, their marriage, and probably us kids too.

Like many young girls, my expressive efforts began with a diary, a small white, leather-bound volume with strap and lock and key. The key was easily replaced by a bent paperclip, which I suspect most brothers-of-girls learned quickly. This humble diary turned from casual friend to lifeline on September 10, 1967.

That sunny Sunday morning, Dad died unexpectedly, and five days later I was driven from New York to Massachusetts to my new life at a boarding school I had only visited once before. I suppose Mom was numb, so she proceeded with Plan A. It took me years to forgive her, I confess.

The gift though, so visible now in hindsight, is that writing and I became very deep friends. To this day, I feel my pulse slow, my exhalations deepen, just by putting a pen in my hand, even when I have nothing to say. We just sit together and wait in silence. That’s what old friends do.

About Bobbie Herron

I live surrounded by watercolor brushes and paints, fountain pens, sketchbooks, and journals- often wanting more than anything to write and paint at the same time. If you like what you're reading, feel free to share it with others. If you see something that needs correction, please let me know. Thanks for visiting!
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3 Responses to Choose Your Weapons, Ladies!

  1. Dana says:

    Writing and *arting* I’d say. I love seeing your tools, although your creative brain is your not so secret weapon!

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  2. violet says:

    Lovely! ❤️

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  3. Celeste says:

    Ah Bob, you are way cooler every day that I know you. Thanks for the words of a young Bobbie growing up in a wonderful Hansel and Gretel atmosphere.


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