Happy Wednesday, everyone!
Okay, those who are close to me know that this week has been an emotional one now that both of my boys are in college and I’m a … sniff … empty nester.
I seriously can’t believe it yet.
So my emotions have been on a total roller coaster. One minute, I’m desperately sad and depressed. The next minute, I’m oddly intrigued over our life change and the possibilities it brings. I can finally take down that awful wallpaper in the kitchen! Organize the basement! Write an article for Writer’s Digest!
But then I get angry over all the mistakes I’ve made as a mother.
Then I worry over whether or not I’ve prepared them to be on their own.
Then I get depressed all over again, staring at the open doors of their empty bedrooms, and crying, “Where have the years gone?”
Then I notice how awesome my eldest son’s leather chairs would be in the kitchen nook for a cute reading area … which quickly leads to guilt because what kind of mother steals furniture from her son’s room two days after he leaves?
Then I’m depressed yet again and I want to lie on the sofa watching Grey’s Anatomy reruns.
Then I realize that–hooray!–I can now watch shows like Grey’s Anatomy and other chick flicks instead of crap fests like Family Guy and American Dad.
Then I start to missing my boys all over again because–I must admit it–Family Guy is kind of funny.
See? I’m an emotional basket case with a side serving of crazy woman, going from depression to laughter to anger to depression again. So when I sat down to write this challenge, I thought about one of my favorite movie lines from the wonderful Dolly Parton:
No, not that quote … although it’s pretty awesome, too. I mean this one:
“Laughter through tears is my favorite emotion.”
Ah, Steel Magnolias. How awesome was that movie, huh? Care to walk down memory lane with me? Yes? Oh goodie, I was hoping you’d say that.
Gives you chills, huh? But wait … We can’t leave out another fabulous example of the Laughter Through Tears scene, this one with Kathy Bates in the classic Fried Green Tomatoes:
Such a wonderful, wonderful scene! And a perfect example of what I’m asking everyone to do for today’s …
WRITING CHALLENGE #6: LAUGHTER THROUGH TEARS
I want you to write a scene between two characters that shifts from one high emotion to another. It can be any kind of emotion – anger to fear, depression to elation, sadness to happiness or what have you.
ILLUSTRATOR CHALLENGE #6:
Sketch two drawings of one character displaying very different emotions.
Have fun with this! And remember, you can complete the previous challenges at any time. Just let us know by leaving a comment in the challenge post saying you have completed that task.
Happy writing and drawing! 🙂