Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man

Inspired by Mama Kat’s Writer’s Workshop.

2.) Ask your child to draw a portrait of you and share it with us. (Inspired by Scary Mommy)

When I asked Tyler if he would do a portrait of me he said very seriously, “Yes, but you will have to model.”  I agreed, at the same time wondering how my six-year-old had picked up such lingo.

I chose a green sweater with silver earrings, a silver necklace and even put some lip gloss on for the occasion.  Who am I kidding, I also put on some body lotion so that I would feel “beautiful” as I sat for my portrait.

When Tyler came home from school today he looked at me and said, “You look ugly!”


“You are not dressed up enough, put on your wedding dress!”

“Tyler, this is what I am wearing!”

“It is ugly!”

“Tyler, you were with me in the store when I tried it on and you said that you liked it!”

“Oh..oh, yeah.  Well, I guess it will be okay then.”

After a snack, a couple of episodes of Bullwinkle and some playing, Tyler was ready.  I reapplied my lip gloss.  I took my seat at the table with my arms folded and smiled.
“That’s good.  Hold that smile and you are going to have to hold it for several hours because this may take awhile.”

A few ripped up sheets of paper later and Tyler had his masterpiece:

Very…Picasso-esque, don’t you think?

I studied it a bit and said, “Tyler, are these my breasts?”

And he said, “Yes, I drew your breasts.”



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About mamasick

Emily Cullen is a pen-name. I suffer from chronic illnesses and diseases which include Bipolar Disorder, Asthma, Diabetes and Fibromyalgia. I had battled Lupus and Rheumatoid Arthritis but there is no longer evidence of me having these diseases and my Rheumatologist has declared them to be "burnt out" of my system. I am separated from my husband, “Grant”. Our son, “Tyler” was born in September of 2006 and suffers from tics and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, and is delayed in fine and gross motor skills. In my blog I seek to let sick moms know that they are not the only ones going through this, and to educate people about what can happens when one becomes catastrophically ill. I also strive to break down stereotypes of what a “Welfare Mom” is like. Anything that I have gone through due to being sick, is written on the pages of Mama Sick.

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