Day 5 is to draw your best friend.
[warning: boring personal thoughts ahead]
This one was also difficult for me (can’t we have an easy one?). When I still lived in the USA, I had a nice large group of casual friends, and a large handful of very close friends, any one of whom I could call best friend. Then I left. And I lost contact with every single one of them.
Don’t get me wrong, they’re on Facebook and we still chat every once in a blue moon. But “We’ll keep in touch”, even between best friends, is always a lie. They’re all still close friends in my book, but the level and frequency of interaction that used to exist just isn’t there anymore.
And here in France, I quite simply have no friends, to put it quite bluntly. There are people whom I would call very friendly acquaintances that I’d love to be friends with – Nico and Jean Pierre for example. But you know the expression “Friends help you move, best friends help you move bodies”? I wouldn’t have anyone to even help me move. Except for Serge, Giselle, Patrick and Laetitia, my extended set of in-laws. But then, there’s the age gap there.
In fact, the only person (sort of) in my age group I talk to on a regular basis is fellow blogger Niki Nowell. But even as broad and close as that relationship has become, it’s still too limited to qualify as ‘besties’.
So I decided to draw someone anonymous to signify the lack of a best friend. I was discussing it with my wife (how I could represent a nonexistent person) and she reminded me of the painting “The Son Of Man” – the anonymous suit with his face hidden by a well placed granny smith. I loved the idea and decided to run with it. But none of my friends wear suits. So here you go:
Don’t forget to check out:
- Niki Nowell
- Zoe Nowell
- and Max Nowell our most recent participant (who I’m told will soon have drawings for all 4 days posted)!