People in my Pen

My mother lives in an assisted living facility and I spend quite a bit of time with her. Most week-day mornings I have breakfast with her. The home always has a ‘seek and find’ puzzle and we work on them while waiting for our breakfast.

Once I’ve done the puzzle, I turn the paper over and do some quick scribbles of whatever comes out of the pen that day. Mom’s friends find it entertaining to watch, and usually one or the other of them claims the drawing for themselves.

I don’t have a camera phone, but happened to have my camera on hand yesterday morning, so I took a photo of my scribbles to share with you.

Honestly, I never have any idea what I’ll draw ahead of time – I just start until something starts to form, and then usually build on that idea. There were people in my pen yesterday.


  1. I think it’s nice that they take your drawings to keep. I know how important it is for them to feel a connection. my mom. your mom. I get it. ❤ you are a good woman

  2. I love that you do this with your mother. I am a little disappointed because when I checked my pen I didn’t find any people at all. I did find a few tangles though so I guess I’ll just have to check different pens until I find people, or maybe cats!

  3. What a sweet story. I wish I had things coming out of my pencil so easily. When it comes to a blank piece of paper, most times I am a deer in headlights. These are wonderful!

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