Thursday, November 25, 2004

Bullets and bracelets

One additional thing I'm thankful for today is a long chat I had the other day with DL. She called in a moment of crisis — one with which any parent, especially a parent of multiple offspring, can identify — and I let her talk herself down a little. (She thinks I helped. All I really did was let her help herself. I'm good like that.)

DL sometimes gives me the sense that she sees herself as a failure. She isn't at all — she's as strong and capable and inherently wise as any person I've ever known. I believe she's a better mother than she thinks she is. I know she's a better friend. So in her honor, I've chosen a picture from my art collection that accurately portrays my vision of DL fending off the challenges of everyday life, as seen with the illuminating and compassionate eye of a long-time friend:

And no, the "D" in DL doesn't stand for Diana...but it should.

(Credit Brazilian artist Eddy Barrows, best known for his work on the G.I. Joe comics series, with this stunning drawing.)

2 insisted on sticking two cents in:

Blogger Joel offered these pearls of wisdom...

That's great you listened to DL. With two female sibs, I learned that technique a long time ago: LISTEN.

As for the art: WHEW. That is GORGEOUS. Strong and beautiful.

8:01 AM  
Blogger SwanShadow offered these pearls of wisdom...

Thanks, Joel. I never had sisters (or siblings of either gender, for that matter), but I've been the only male in my household for nearly 20 years. Hopefully, I've learned something. ;^)

And this is a great drawing, isn't it? I stumbled on it one day when it was being offered for a song (or nearly so), and there were no other bidders. You really have to see it in person to get the total impact — it's drawn on a full-sized 11" x 17" comic art board, so it's powerful. I practically fell over when I opened the package.

10:22 AM  

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