When I was a little girl I had a picture book.
The kind with a gorgeous illustration on one side of the page and a black and white outline of the same picture opposite for you to colour in.
I had a bash at the yacht, and the zoo, and the children on the beach.
But the last page I didn’t touch.
The two Persian kittens were too beautiful, too perfect.
I knew very clearly that I would mess up my attempt.
I’ll save it; I’ll do it when I’m older, when I can colour perfectly. I put the book away somewhere safe.
And never found it again.
January 2014. Colouring in.
(The cloud words are all Joni Mitchell’s from Both Sides, Now; mine when I sing them in the shower. http://www.jonimitchell.com/)