When I created the “bubbles” prompt, I was thinking about blowing soap bubbles, yet when it appeared today, the first thing that came to mind was bubbly water with limes. So, we have a 3-color doodlewash of simply that for today’s entry. I’ve mentioned before on my blog about getting a Sodastream for Christmas and my general love of bubbly water. I also thought of champagne, of course, as that’s another bit of bubbly I really enjoy. But after drinking glass after glass of it in Paris, a simple bit of water with lime seemed more refreshing. I do actually love blowing bubbles as well, but I’m also rather fond of limes and the color green so that’s what I chose to paint with today. And bubbly water is just more fun to drink than the still variety. Though, granted, the use of a straw is highly likely to create a large burp, but that’s also part of the fun!
When I was a kid, I had a friend who could drink a soda and say complete sentences inside a single long burp. One might assume this was a boy thing to do, but it was actually the girl up the street. She could burp better than anyone on the block and once even managed to burp the entire alphabet after just a single sip of Sprite. She was my hero. Tried as I might, I was never able to sustain a burp long enough to do anything impressive. Mine just seemed pedestrian and not particularly exciting. Now, of course, I’ve learned that such burping is impolite and childish. But sometimes, when I’m alone and nobody is nearby to judge me, I still try to speak burp just to see if perhaps age has come with amazing new gifts. Sadly, it hasn’t, and I’m still woefully untalented when it could comes to that, but it doesn’t stop me from trying.
Those little things that were fun as kids, often disappear entirely when we grow up. Whether it’s blowing bubbles or burping your way through them, so many things fall away when we reach adulthood. I think that’s why I often try to do things that seem a bit childish. The funny thing is, each time I do, I discover it’s just as fun as it was back then. The things that made me laugh and smile when I was too little to know any better, still have a way of doing so as I grow older. Though today, I’m resisting the urge to burp while drinking champagne, life hasn’t really changed all that much. The little kid inside who is always curious and wanting to try new things and delight in the tried and true ones is still with me. And I’m so glad he is. Burps and all. In the end, I don’t think I would be very happy if I had to experience the sad misfortune of actually growing up.
About the Doodlewash
Sennelier L’Aquarelle: Indian Yellow, Phthalo. Green Light, and Ultramarine Deep. Lamy Safari Al Star pen with Platinum Carbon black ink in a little red cloth hardbound l’aquarelle journal I found in a Paris shop.
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