I’ve been seeing the meme, you know the one, Mr. Rogers looking back at you with the quote: “When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news,” Rogers said to his television neighbors, “my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’”
I’ve felt the pressure lately, as an adult, to be a helper children can look to right now. I’ve been picking up groceries for sick friends and engaging with my community in positive ways, offering support and love and generosity and it may never feel like I am doing enough, but here I am… helping where I can.
This morning, on my predawn walk, I wondered at my quiet neighborhood (even quieter than normal) and all the families holed up in their homes, trying to find some normalcy in a world that is definitely not normal, hoping to find some stability in a rapidly changing world pandemic and wishing I could do something for them in their homes, to offer some solace and some kind of peace, some distraction even.
And then I remembered that I’d made a coloring book, back in 2015 … a coloring book folks! Some of you may remember. I’d stopped selling the book after my divorce when I closed down shop and simply haven’t yet had the gumption to make it available again, but it’s sitting here on my machine, a .pdf of nonsense and whimsy and very early drawings and it only seems right to just toss it out there in hopes that it might bring someone something in this moment.
So here it is, in all it’s nonsensical glory. Download and color, download and laugh, pass it on to friends or families who might want something new to look at today. Be safe and be well and be good to each other.
With love, Heather
After publishing with the free download it occurred to me that many of you might feel better buying instead (because you are all patrons and supporters and I love you for it), so I added a link to Etsy to purchase if you’d rather. No judgement y’all – you do what you want what you can and what you will. Love you all!