Magic shouldn't be a substitute for good parenting!
I made this one for Demisword last weekend and it was a lot of fun to make. The picture was very colorful and dynamic, with a relatively pleasing model dressed in a fun outfit. Sometimes I like to let loose with some of my extended vocabulary when I have space to do so, and it seemed to fit in with the direction I wanted to move the plot towards, though I didn't go over the top. I enjoy placing the Haven into the plot line, however it is needed, and giving friends a cameo appearance is a blast. And I received a wonderful response from Demisword that will always pump up my tires .. "I did enjoy it! Thank you very much Dee. I have been a fan of your caps for a while so it is an honor to receive one from you." I am not above giving people brownie points, as it can definitely keep you off the shit list!
Last of all, I think I came up with a really good title for the caption, which doesn't always happen!
I started writing up a paragraph about parenting, but truthfully, there is no one way to do it, and often we wish our own parents had treated us differently, so perhaps there is actually no right way at all. Life is a challenge, and our developmental years fuck us up no matter how well-adjusted we think we are ... those times in the middle of the night when you can't sleep, your worst fears and insecurities come rushing out to make you a miserable ball of confusion. Your parents tried there best, and you'll do the same thing for yours. Perhaps teaching them that everyone has hang ups and helping them come up with suitable coping mechanisms for the existential dread we all confront is the best way to let them know you care.
As I get close to my deceased mother's birthday, and within the next few weeks, the 20th anniversary of her death, I wonder if (1) my life would've turned out different if she'd be around longer to keep me on an even keel, and (2) if she was watching me now, what she think would of how my life turned out. The thing is though, I cannot separate those two thoughts. My current life is a product of how I dealt with her very untimely departure (I am about to reach the age she was when she died) and the choices I made once she passed on. I am relatively comfortable with who I am, regardless of how I got here, and I know that I wouldn't be in this spot if she were alive. Perhaps I'd be a sufferable asshole that was handed everything without having to have earned it . who knows? I've definitely had those moments when I was younger! It does make me feel a bit selfish though, because while I wouldn't want to change who I am now, I feel like my daughter got cheated by not having a sane and loving Grandmother. She still has her Great-grandmother, my mom's mother, but she lives far away and only comes around a month every year .. and its still quite a generation gap.
Sorry I went serious on everyone. Just started typing and voooosh, it came out. March can be a rough month so it's bound to give me some mood swings from time to time. We'll be back again with some more cheerful TG goodness!