I am on this mad mission to capture the essence of peculiar children the world over!!!
Because I feel there is great power in being
distinctive, different from the usual or normal, special, particular, odd, curious, eccentric, and queer. This summer I am reading Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children & Quiet: The Power of Introverts In a World That Can't Stop Talking
In an excerpt from the latter:
But we make a grave mistake to embrace the Extrovert Ideal so unthinkingly. Some of our greatest ideas, art, and inventions—from the theory of evolution to van Goghʼs sunflowers to the personal computer— came from quiet and cerebral people who knew how to tune in to their inner worlds and the treasures to be found there.
In a family of TYPE A's I battle constantly with being 'misunderstood' and I've exhausted myself for decades trying to fit into the great American "Extrovert Ideal"
What about us, the peculiar, makes the extrovert so uncomfortable??????
I think we need to treasure kids that don't fit the 'ideal' by immortalizing them in picture books & early readers.
WHERE ARE THE 21ST CENTURY PIPPY LONGSTOCKINGS???????
My style of illustration was recently dubbed 'peculiar'...at first that smacked of insult. But now I don't care. I am growing quite fond of my distinctive, odd, curious and queer cast of characters. I just know they will one day mark their own unique place in history!