This week I came across a beautiful animated film which illustrates how emotional trauma can take control of a life. It’s called Obida (The Wound), by Russian filmmaker Anna Budanova (2013).
The protagonist spends a lifetime feeding a creature that embodies her pain and resentment, and it it grows bigger and bigger until it completely defines her life. Take a look:
We accumulate a good amount of scrap wood at our house from various projects. Most of it gets used for kindling, but there’s always plenty for arts and crafts too. When I’m working with kids, I give the scrap pieces a very quick sanding to get rid of splinters, and sometimes I spray paint the scraps very randomly to liven them up a bit.
Here are a few characters that climbed out of our woodpile.