Growing up, I always knew my mother would come to get me. She’d always be there to pick me up after school, she’d always be there when I got off the plane, and she’d even be there if our plans changed suddenly. (My dad on the other hand did forget me twice. In his defense, the first time happened when I was a baby in the car seat and he only forgot to drop me off at the daycare – he must have thought I wanted to go to work with him instead. After that he had 18 good years until he forgot to pick me up after my SAT exam. Thankfully, I was entertained by the Boy Scout Jamboree that began shortly after the testing.)
So I’ve never truly worried that my parents would not come back for me. However, if my mother was a selkie, I might well have to worry if she went out to sea.
“A selkie ocasionally comes on land, shedding her seal skin so she can start a family. Years can go by. Sometimes it’s only a few, other times it can be decades. It all depends on how strong the pull of the sea is. Eventually all selkies go back to the water and their first families, leaving their children by the ocean to wait for them. Sometimes they wait for years, other times they wait for decades. It all depends on how strong their resolve is.”
“Waiting for Mom” is my newest, quirky pen and ink print. I’m so pleased with how it turned out! It’s my first time using the computer to add that brilliant teal blue and the little bits of yellow on the buttons. I can’t help but be a little jealous of their sailor jackets. I’ve always wanted one, ever since I developed a love for stripes. It helps that I’m dating an ex-Navy man but sadly he left his uniform at his parents’ so I can’t wear it whenever I’d like. (Though he does still have his hat and coveralls!)
Whether you enjoy the sailor jackets or the idea of two girls watching for the return of their seal mother, you can now hang “Waiting for Mom” on your wall! It’s available as an open edition print and a limited edition print (I’m only printing 100 of these lovelies!).
This lovely image marks the second to last one I’ll be creating for my sea book! What do you think?