This is one of my newer illustrations.
It comes from a very difficult time in my childhood.
(hard to imagine when you see all those smiley faces)
It was a gathering of two families who both suffered devastating and life altering blows.
It was the gathering of two sisters with their young children trying to make sense of it all.
Several summers we gathered at the family cottage
where I had 2 mothers and 2 extra siblings.
We became at the time a family of 7.
It was a mixture of deep sorrow,
trying to cope with the everyday,
love and healing.
Where my mother and Aunt found the strength?
... I am not sure.
(us kids certainly didn't make it easy at times)
We were fortunate though as we had the cottage to retreat too and each other.
We were spear headed by two amazing women that in their darkest days
still allowed us kids to be kids
and to Sparkle!
My deepest gratitude to them both!