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 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 a boarding school I had been scheduled to attend. 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 in hindsight, is that writing and I are very old friends. I can feel my pulse slow, my exhalation 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 sit here in my loft studio, surrounded by watercolor brushes and paints, fountain pens, sketchbooks, journals- wanting more than anything to write and paint at the same time. I am the fourth generation of journal-keeping women, starting in 1862, and I have read their words and between their lines. This blog was inevitable: thoughts on the unsung glory of women whose lives were recorded and transformed through their writing and art.
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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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