Today’s prompt of “coarse” stumped me a bit at first. I wasn’t sure what to paint, and then I thought of wheat bread, so this is where we landed today. When I was a kid, it was all about white bread, of course, the kind in the plastic packages that stuck to the roof of your mouth with each bite of a sandwich. The one bit of fun was taking a slice of white bread and rolling it into little balls that felt like eating raw dough. It was great fun! These days, I’ve switched to healthier varieties of bread with a bit more nutritional value. But yeah, butter is still present, even though I should pass most times because my body simply doesn’t work like it did when I was young. But, I can’t help but partake of the bread basket at restaurants. It strikes me that if menus where honest, they would be broken up into sections like “Starters,” “Entrées,” and “Food You Can’t Metabolize Anymore.” This would make things far clearer, though, sadly, most of the offerings would likely fall into this last section.
Quick little note to the brave souls who have jumped in to try the new Doodlewash community features in their super early beta form. If you log in with Facebook, you might need to change your profile pic manually to get it to appear. Looking into this one! Beyond that, things are working rather well now, but I still have many things to figure out before officially launching it all. I just get so excited and love to jump right into things. In many ways, I’m still that little kid, rolling white bread into little balls of dough. Just trying things to see what happens. I have to admit, though, that I’ve actually tasted that kind of white bread again and didn’t like it very much. I’m not sure whether it’s all the baguettes I’ve enjoyed with Philippe in France, but it just doesn’t taste quite right. Though, yeah, I do kind of miss the dough balls. It was just so much fun being a kid!
But, yeah, these days, I have to watch my calorie counts and for each time I digress into eating something I shouldn’t, I have to double-down on eating super healthy to make things right again. This part of aging seems horribly unfair. So much of how I thought and behaved as a child still remains. My overly exuberant approach to pretty much anything new. My infinite curiosity of all things. My inability to accept that something is actually impossible. In the end, I guess these are probably the things that matter most. Even if I can’t take everything from childhood with me moving forward, I’m happy that these traits have remained intact. These are those wonderful things that make creativity shine and unexpected things happen. In the end, I have to admit that I’m not too worried about my metabolism in the grand scheme of things. At the very least, I still have my bread and butter.
About the Doodlewash
M. Graham Watercolors: Gamboge, Azo Orange, Pyroll Red, Ultramarine Blue, Burnt Sienna, and Neutral Tint. Lamy Safari Al-Star Fountain Pen – Extra Fine, with Platinum Carbon with black ink in an A6 Hahnemühle Watercolor Book.