"No More Bungee Jumping" - pen and ink on paper, 12" x 16"
Daily paint-a-thon continues with a return to pen and ink. There was nothing abstract about my feelings of pure panic today, so I returned to the human face and my beloved watercolors.
So why was I in a panic? My world-traveling son posted a video from Costa Rica. A video of a 500 ft bungee jump (his, of course) complete with helmet camera. Now there is nearly nothing worse than to listen to your child scream as they plummet to their...bounce back up. Holy crap in a basket.
Now of course he told me he planned to do this. But hearing about it and listening to it are two completely different things. And watching it with my own two eyes? Torture. Anyway, during this conversation I casually asked him "what's next?" thinking he would make some joke about eating crickets or getting a tattoo. But no! He actually had other plans. "Skydiving in Europe," he said. Like it is nothing. Good gawd. And I am sure there will be helmet-cams there, too.
Perhaps this is part of growing up (me, not him) and letting your children loose in the world, free to face daily perils of their own choosing. I, for one, will not jump out of a perfectly good airplane.
This piece is available. Inquiries: firstname.lastname@example.org. Helmet not included.
Jen Walls and her imaJENation