Saturday, January 18, 2014

Little Girlfriends

That's me on the left.

Heather is in the middle and Wendy is on the right.

They lived 2 doors down and were my earliest friends.

As I was working on this picture I started to smell their house.

It smelled friendly and comfortable, like toast.

Other memories of three little girls who were loved and protected

surfaced as I sat at my drawing table.

But I was also aware of the shadow that was looming over us that day.

It got into bed with me later and I tossed and turned for hours reliving ugly

events that I still don't like to think about.


In those days divorce was illegal and very rare in Canada.

Their father took his new wife to Ohio in the USA and raised a second



The girls and their mother eventually moved away from Merritton

when I was about 10.

It was the beginning of the end of my childhood.

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