This journal page did not start as an intended response to Challenge #12 – Embracing Imperfections. However, as you can see in the pic, I spelled the word Conundrum incorrectly in PEN on the left side of my page!! I was so frustrated when I realized it. And I have to admit that I haven’t reached the point of embracing the screw up and have been brainstorming clever ways to cover it up, especially since this page is not done. But I figured it would be a personal challenge for me to post this with the mistake glaring for everyone to see.
I woke up one morning with this word in my head, which I quickly scribbled into my journal so I wouldn’t forget – hence the misspelling.
noun ( pl. -drums )
a confusing and difficult problem or question : one of the most difficult conundrums for the experts.
• a question asked for amusement, typically one with a pun in its answer; a riddle.
I used colored pencil on the background. Then I took my journal with me to the hospital during one of Sophie’s stays. So the border was made with medical tape, covered in watercolor. (Yes, I watercolor in the hospital. I’m sure the staff think I’m crazy. But they’re always curious about what I’m making.) The letters are a combination of colored pencils, watercolors, and a little marker. Now what to do about the misspelling……
I was thinking about how Lil’Sophie’s life had been a conundrum from the beginning. She’s had many medical professionals scratching their heads. And then I was thinking about how many difficult decisions that have been made in the last 16 months. Life is a conundrum. I just hope it ends in an amusing riddle.