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here's me mum



I had a huge list of things I was going to get done this afternoon, but I had a really hard time concentrating and ended up just drawing this picture of my mother. She's having an eight-hour operation right now to remove a tumour from her brain (an 'acoustic neuroma') and I thought I was okay with it, but actually I'm a little bit freaked out. She was totally fine when she went in (she just thought she needed a hearing aid, til the doctor sent her in for a brain scan). But it will take her awhile to recover after they dig this big thing out of her head.

I once heard someone say that the hardest thing to draw is your own mother. This is the closest I can get. My favourite photo of her is at a Girl Scout roundup that she went to in Vermont when she was a teenager. In the photo, she's wearing big white knee socks and a cowboy hat. It's really cute and she looks a real eager beaver. 'Chipper' is a good word to describe my mother. But that is not a beaver on the left, it is a marmot. Because we get a lot of those where we go hiking near Seattle. When I lived in Moscow, I met a nice man named Orlando, from Portland, Oregon, who was a world expert on marmot mating behaviour. He used to go to marmot conferences and things and he was in Russia to meet up with Russian marmot experts. He didn't speak Russian so he usually felt kind of out of things. He also made this sort of whistling sound out of his nose when talked, which made it hard to listen and keep a straight face.

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goraina
Sep. 26th, 2007 09:00 pm (UTC)
Aw, I hope she feels well again soon. I had a friend get a brain tumor removed recently (she's only 27) and she came out of it like a champ!

And, I really love that sweater texture in the picture. :)
jabberworks
Sep. 26th, 2007 09:04 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Raina. Yeah, I think she'll be okay. But I'm picturing my dad pacing around, waiting for the surgery to end, and wishing I could be there. :-P

I'm sitting here backing up some stuff on DVD, and man, things take longer to back up than they used to! I used to scan artwork and hardly make any changes, now so many things are digital and have a zillion layers that I want to keep.
oharlene
Sep. 26th, 2007 10:44 pm (UTC)
That's such a sweet tribute. I hope your mom heals comfortably.

jabberworks
Sep. 27th, 2007 06:19 am (UTC)
Thanks! I just called my dad here this morning, before he went to bed at his end, and he said she's already up and chatting away, and both sides of her face are working properly. He sounded absolutely shattered. But we're all hoping things will be okay with her now, no infection or anything.
knitfish
Sep. 27th, 2007 12:19 am (UTC)
awww. hugs! I'll be thinking of your mum & sending healing thoughts her way.

p.s.I love the knitted grass :-)

~Nessa
jabberworks
Sep. 27th, 2007 06:20 am (UTC)
Thanks, Nessa! (Thought you'd like the grass.) ;-)
Yeah, my mother's out of surgery and so far everything looks good. Hooray!
manuelap
Sep. 27th, 2007 08:38 am (UTC)
I love the draw!
TO u Hugh and kiss, and also to her.
jabberworks
Sep. 27th, 2007 09:51 am (UTC)
Thanks, I appreciate it! Hugs and kisses to you, too! :-D
dlasky
Sep. 27th, 2007 08:49 am (UTC)
Great picture! I'm thinking good thoughts for your mom.

Also, I saw lots of marmots at Glacier Park when I hiked there years ago. Marmots rock.
jabberworks
Sep. 27th, 2007 09:53 am (UTC)
Thanks! And marmots do rock! Rather, they sit on rocks and whistle a lot. Maybe they rock sometimes, when they have have eaten too much marmite. Rock back and forth, that's what I would do if I ate too much of that stuff.
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jabberworks
Sep. 27th, 2007 09:52 pm (UTC)
Thanks! And her hair really looks like that, kind of straw like (but in a nice way)! :-D
trypanocorax
Sep. 27th, 2007 05:35 pm (UTC)
Hey! SO glad to hear that everything went well! That is a gorgeous sketch! One of your best! Thinking of your mother. And your father, of course. And you. Take care
jabberworks
Sep. 27th, 2007 09:52 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Paul!
(Anonymous)
Sep. 29th, 2007 06:56 am (UTC)
hello from vancouver
Hi sarah - kristina here, from bellevue. remember me?
i've been reading and enjoying your blog for a while now, and just wanted to pass on some get well soon wishes for your mom! (i already read the next post, so i know the surgery came out ok so far...) and i hope you are doing well too. i'll send you an email in the next couple of days! k.b.
jabberworks
Oct. 1st, 2007 04:06 pm (UTC)
Re: hello from vancouver
Oh, hey, Kristina! It'd be great to catch up with you!! DO send me an e-mail! :-D
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