Sunday, March 25, 2007

somebody's dummy

everyone knows someone like this -- that "child" who wants to be an adult when it best fits and not when it doesn't. then this same child doesn't have the nerve to stand up on his own two feet, but must continue to be tied to his mother's apron strings and spouting all the same ricidulous accusations and demands that she does.

it's almost like "i AM an adult . . . because my mommy said so!"

this "child" is continually mouthing about being an adult, but demands that his way be paid in life. he wants extra money sent for other things he wants that his few hours of work each week won't cover and he considers it someone else's responsibility to pay for his problems. yet . . . he can afford vacations and mission trips and other luxuries.

no, no, no, i won't go to a doctor covered by health insurance and you can't make me. i shouldn't have to change doctors just because insurance doesn't cover this one and i've moved out of the area! i should be able to run up whatever health bills i want and someone else should have to pay for them!

you can't make me play by the rules and you can't expect me to be respectful or respectable -- after all, i'm an adult and i don't have to do those things!

yeah, whatever!!

when this kid gets in the real world, he'll learn a few lessons quick. when this kid has kids, if he ever does, he'll learn even more lessons. then i'm sure he'll expect them to treat him w/ respect even though he hasn't shown respect himself and hasn't earned it through his actions. hopefully he'll be the perfect parent, knowing that if he's not . . . his kids will throw it in his face for the rest of his life.

i'm glad he's getting a good college education, too, so he can get a good job and make lots of money. after all, i'm sure he'll support his children until they are 22 AND pay for their college as well. it'll take a very good job to be able to afford that! i'm sure someone will tell his children they don't have to worry about paying for college b/c that's what parents are for!

what goes around . . . come around. sometimes its harder than what we were expecting . well, be expecting it, because it's coming your way all too soon!

this comp book page has an acrylic paint background, prang colored pencils for the dummy, and sharpie markers for the writing. the finished page was sprayed w/ clear matte sealant to keep the colored pencils from smearing.


Blogger Emma Pod said...

What an interesting piece! I love the dummy, great colors - I noticed he doesn't have a face. I work with college kids and see many of these young men every week. There seems to be a time between 18-22 (or so) when they have such trouble being a responsible person. They are just not quite all there and they screw up alot. Eventually, they find their missing pieces, come back to school, work things out and do OK. It's frustrating to watch it happen though, that's for sure!

Sun Mar 25, 10:22:00 PM CDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

what a neat story. also to leave the face blank because then you can put anyone face in it. because almost all family has a person like this. gr8lover

Mon Mar 26, 11:35:00 PM CDT  
Blogger aPugsLife-laserone said...

LOL. I love reading your log and the narrations that go w/ your art. :) Art and blogging can be SO cathartic, can't it? :)

Tue Mar 27, 01:05:00 AM CDT  
Blogger Warren Bunch said...

I love how you left the face blank and you can imagine any face on it that fits for your personal story!

And I told Lucas just now that we AREN'T saving ANY money AT ALL for our kids for college. We paid our own way in cash or student loans, and they can do it too! Or they can use their brains and get some scholarships like I did!

Tue Mar 27, 09:46:00 PM CDT  
Blogger phthaloblu said...

Oh yeah, been there felt everything youa re feeling now. EVERY family has someone in it that just makes you want to tear your hair out. Vent and doesn't it feel good! lol! Cool sketch and great colors.

Tue Mar 27, 10:06:00 PM CDT  
Blogger platitudinal said...

Quite an entry here. Full of strong emotions, and yet ... do I detect hope at the end for such a person?

Your journal entries are wonderful and thoughtful. They show one very creative mind.

Thu Mar 29, 07:03:00 AM CDT  
Blogger jill said...

i guess that whether there is "hope" at the end of this story depends on the dummy's actions and decisions that he makes. so far -- he hasn't made very good choices, so i would say there's no hope. but who knows, he might realize what an uncaring, thoughtless, selfish idiot he has been and make changes in his life. if that happens, then who can say what might happen in the future? but it will take monumental changes and lots of work -- i'm not sure he has the ability or the desire.

Thu Mar 29, 10:14:00 AM CDT  

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