Thursday, April 2, 2020

Draw a Bird

Instructions are a funny thing.



Magic words

Do this and you will be ok. I personally have a hard time obeying just anyone, however the right set of instructions are incredibly comforting.  

So, here I have a favorite list of instructions that I have absolute faith in. They come from a story that I like called “The singing soaring Lark,” and it is by the Brothers Grimm.

The words are what the North Wind tells a girl who is looking for a lost white dove, who is really a lion, who is really a prince.

The night wind then said to her, 
I will advise thee;
go to the Red Sea, 
on the right bank are some tall reeds, count them, 
break off the eleventh, and strike the dragon with it, 
then the lion will be able to subdue it, and both then will regain their human form. 
After that, look round and thou wilt see the griffin which is by the Red Sea; 
swing thyself, with thy beloved, on to his back, and the bird will carry you over the sea to your own home. 
Here is a nut for thee, when thou are above the center of the sea, let the nut fall, 
it will immediately shoot up, and a tall nut-tree will grow out of the water on which the griffin may rest;
for if he cannot rest, he will not be strong enough to carry you across, 
and if thou forgettest to throw down the nut, he will let you fall into the sea."

I trust the North WInd.
For now, Stay safe, friendly but far, the North Wind says so.

Draw DD and Winston

Everyone is missing somebody. Even Rosebud is missing some friends. I know this because we saw her doggy friends from a distance the other day and she gave a miniscule little almost imperceptible tail wag, which for her means “I like you.” DD and Winston were much more demonstrative, from a distance.

So these are her friends DD and Winston. I like them because they are lovely and also they are almost each others opposite. Where one is short, the other is tall, where one is a mop of hair the other has very tidy short hairs. 

Aren’t dogs wonderful.

I miss all the dogs.

Aren’t dogs better than people?

If I could have a canyon and fill it with dogs and a cabin, I would. I would do that. I would grow old and reclusive and legendary as the old lady with the dogs who lives in the canyon. On full moon nights you would hear me howling.

I have built a fortress of sanity in my attic.

Can you draw your dog? Please show me! Always show me your drawings. I love them. Every single one.