A drawing is simply a line going for a walk. ~Paul Klee
I doodle. OK, that sounds like a confession. Hello, my name is Verna and I doodle. There are some TV shows I like to watch on Netflix, and I can't sit still and watch TV. I must be doing something. So a few years ago I started doodling. First I doodled privately, in little notebooks that no one would ever see. Then one day I thought, why not make little cards and write notes to people? So I did. And I got carried away. I send out 15 - 20 notes a month and keep making more. I also make my own envelopes. I buy stamps online so I can try to match the stamp to the envelope. Call me crazy. But I have fun.
I don't set out to draw anything. I am not an artist. But sometimes the doodles look like something real. This one makes me think of a squid. Can you see it? Thinking of squid makes me think of calamari. I love calamari. I lived in Santa Cruz for about a year, and before that in San Jose and Cupertino and Sunnyvale, where I could drive over the mountain to have fresh seafood. There used to be a place in Santa Cruz called India Joze, and every year they would have a calamari festival, with paper squids hanging from the ceiling and pasted to the windows. One time I was waiting on the sidewalk for my name to be called when a woman walked out sobbing. I walked up to her and said, "Animal rights activist?" and pointed at the paper squids. It made her laugh.
That's my squid story. The only squid story I have. It's yours.