I fell in love with this little girl when I saw her, head in hands, sitting in the overstuffed chair. Who can’t relate to what she’s feeling?
One of my sons, when he was in the midst of a bad day, used to ask, “Why does everything bad happen to me?”
Some days just feel like that.
But, as Anne Shirley said, “Isn’t it nice to think that tomorrow is a new day with no mistakes in it yet?”
We’re always sitting on the cusp of a new day.
The little girl is from The Terrible Thing That Happened at Our House by Marge Blaine and illustrated by John Wallner.
Santa — and I love the grim look on his face, like he’s thinking, This is the downside of my job, but I’ve got to do it — is from Sandra Boynton’s Christmastime! I have been a HUGE Sandra Boynton fan since I first picked up a “Don’t let the turkeys get you down” mug at Logos Bookstore on Marshall Street in Syracuse in, maybe, 1980. I think we still have it. Once, probably 20 years ago, we drove to Stamford, NY, where she had an exhibit at an art center. She autographed some board books for us, but mostly I wanted to meet her. When I found her book at the thrift store, I felt a little sad that someone abused and discarded it. At the same time I was thrilled at the chance of giving it new life in scenes like the one above.
The flooring in the room is from Ox-Cart Man (illustrator – Barbara Cooney).
The wallpaper is some leftover origami paper.