We were about to record a podcast and giving the hashtag a final skim on social media when we discovered the image.
Neither of us could believe it.
Julie captured us so perfectly and it was such a lovely surprise it infused at least this half of our duo with fresh excitement.
Excitement about recording the episode and about the #wycwyc movement in general.
my glasses! my skull-emblazoned dress!
Each time I looked at the image I smiled as she’d completely captured my raw excitement for this entire endeavor.
I loved her artwork so much I (asked permission &) had it transferred to canvas so I could have in my home.
not staged. my #wycwyc moment is I drank only HALF the can!
Fast forward a few weeks.
I felt tired (work, solo-parenting, book marketing, podcasting, life’ing) & immediately knew who to reach out to.
“I need a break. I wanna take book release day off from the blog. Could I hire you to draw for me instead?”
She agreed, asked for details, and soon this appeared in my in-box:
And I grinned as wide as I had with her first drawing.
She’d nailed it.
- The book release tomorrow is important.
- My work deadlines are important.
- The interviews I have this week are important.
Kids don’t care about
logisticswhat else is important–they just know who still shows up.
And, if you’re my Tornado of a kid, you don’t care about the hectic of WICKWICK! you just know who *still* shows up.
Even if exhausted.
Even if it means you work after she’s asleep.
Even if (toting some Mommy Merlot and) struggling to keep up.
Even if even if even if.
Writing our book reminded me of what I already knew, yet it was a needed reminder.
Doing what I can when I can, getting back up tomorrow & trying again really is enough.
As per Julie’s drawing, a loudly shouted WICKWICK! never hurt either as a way to remind my sluggish-self:
I got this.
We’ve all got this.
By virtue of the fact we’ve gotten back up to try again.