A Picture Is Worth Years Of Therapy


I received this cunning little sketch last week, and it has been sitting on my bedside table while I decide its fate. To scrapbook, or not to scrapbook? To consign to the bottom of the dustbin, or to frame and display in the front hallway? To deconstruct as artifact of postmodern motherhood, or to roll eyes at and discard?

A fistful of Smarties to anyone who can tell me what it is, or at least make some outrageously funny suggestion so that I can appropriate the narrative of this sketch and reframe it into something that won’t keep me awake at night. Which, yes, is a hint.

(It’s two sketches, actually. The scribble below the fold is a separate image, scrawled with a flourish to underscore a point about the main image, above the fold.)

158 Responses to “A Picture Is Worth Years Of Therapy”

  1. MrsWaltz Says:

    It’s OBVIOUSLY a minimalist profile of a very sad donkey (head only). With a gorgeous signature flair. Duh.

  2. MrsWaltz Says:

    It’s OBVIOUSLY a minimalist profile of a very sad donkey (head only). With a gorgeous signature flair. Duh.

  3. Nic Says:

    It’s half a bunny rabbit. The other half is obscured in view.

  4. Nic Says:

    It’s half a bunny rabbit. The other half is obscured in view.

  5. Backpacking Dad Says:

    Now that is clearly a sketch of Rudolph stepping out of the fog on Christmas Eve. The other reindeer and the sleigh are still lost from view. For now.

  6. Backpacking Dad Says:

    Now that is clearly a sketch of Rudolph stepping out of the fog on Christmas Eve. The other reindeer and the sleigh are still lost from view. For now.

  7. Assertagirl Says:

    Before you said it was two sketches, I saw the figure of a woman, the bottom scribble clearly her bush. heh

  8. Beck Says:

    It’s the side view of a charm bracelet!

  9. Loralee Choate Says:

    I have a similar sketch in a scrapbook with this caption:

    “My son is going to be a genius. I have no idea what this sketch is supposed to be, which means he is already smarter than his mother.”

    It’s a big favorite around here.

  10. Loralee Choate Says:

    I have a similar sketch in a scrapbook with this caption:

    “My son is going to be a genius. I have no idea what this sketch is supposed to be, which means he is already smarter than his mother.”

    It’s a big favorite around here.

  11. kittenpie Says:

    That is so an episiotomy.

  12. kittenpie Says:

    That is so an episiotomy.

  13. Kristine Says:

    Oh dear, I’m afraid my OB drew me a similar sketch. So very hurty!

  14. Kristine Says:

    Oh dear, I’m afraid my OB drew me a similar sketch. So very hurty!

  15. Overflowing Brain Says:

    I believe the technical name is “modern art.”

    I’m pretty sure MOMA would frame it and hang it proudly.

  16. Overflowing Brain Says:

    I believe the technical name is “modern art.”

    I’m pretty sure MOMA would frame it and hang it proudly.

  17. Redneck Mommy Says:

    It’s clearly a lament on the current state of your nether regions and your posterior.

    It’s a post-modern reflection of the horrors of child birth and the sacrifices we women make for our family, our children.

    That or it’s portrait of what your husband looks like first thing in the morning.

  18. Redneck Mommy Says:

    It’s clearly a lament on the current state of your nether regions and your posterior.

    It’s a post-modern reflection of the horrors of child birth and the sacrifices we women make for our family, our children.

    That or it’s portrait of what your husband looks like first thing in the morning.

  19. Nic Says:

    WAIT! Is that… Frankenvulva?

  20. Nic Says:

    WAIT! Is that… Frankenvulva?

  21. Anonymous Says:

    upside down “cake”

  22. Anonymous Says:

    upside down “cake”

  23. Manager Mom Says:

    A recreation of one of Angelina Jolie’s tattoos?

  24. Manager Mom Says:

    A recreation of one of Angelina Jolie’s tattoos?

  25. Her Bad Mother Says:

    Kittenpie, love, friend – I so WISH that were an episiotomy

  26. Janet Says:

    Upside down spider with a quarter falling out of his pocket? Do spider’s even have pockets? I was never good an interpreting art.

  27. Mr Lady Says:

    It’s obviously a parachuter, coming down to land on a bouey. Boey. Bouy. Whatever. the orange floaty things in the ocean. You’ve got an airplane jumper on your hands.

  28. Angella Says:

    I was thinking vulva, but only because the word makes me laugh.

    Hi. I’m 14.

  29. Kimblahg Says:

    haha i’m glad i’m not the only one who thought it looked like a woman’s nether regions.

  30. nomotherearth Says:

    Since I’ve been beaten to gate going …THERE…I will say it is a mouth and tongue spitting out a pea. A commentary on your cooking perhaps? That’s what happens everytime I cook, at least…

  31. Amelia Sprout Says:

    I don’t even know how to be creative after reading the comments, I’m lauging too hard.

    G Rated – The spoon that the dish ran away with. The bottom is the cow jumping over the moon.

    X Rated – Oh dear, the girl got a mirror and drew a self portrait. I’m not even that brave.

  32. gorillabuns Says:

    In our house, it’s called a china.

  33. Mrs. Mogul Says:

    It’s either you have a headache or your hub’s pee pee poking you on the head?

  34. Mrs. Mogul Says:

    It’s either you have a headache or your hub’s pee pee poking you on the head?

  35. All Adither Says:

    It’s a hep cat with a soul patch.

    Anyone can see that.

  36. All Adither Says:

    It’s a hep cat with a soul patch.

    Anyone can see that.

  37. sweetney Says:

    i vote sad, half-invisible minimalist bunny.

  38. sweetney Says:

    i vote sad, half-invisible minimalist bunny.

  39. Issas Crazy World Says:

    Text and IM language of the future?

  40. Issas Crazy World Says:

    Text and IM language of the future?

  41. sara Says:

    Woman with adam’s apple, runaway nipple and appendectomy scar.

    Pre “surgery”

    I am an artist AND a med student!!

  42. sara Says:

    Woman with adam’s apple, runaway nipple and appendectomy scar.

    Pre “surgery”

    I am an artist AND a med student!!

  43. Bloggymommer Says:

    Well, clearly, the top picture is a depiction of Sperm, Egg, and Baby.

    I have no idea why M is being scratched out of the bottom picture.

    Keep clutter down by filing the digital picutre of this masterpeiece with the date. Or heck, just archive your blog.

  44. Bloggymommer Says:

    Well, clearly, the top picture is a depiction of Sperm, Egg, and Baby.

    I have no idea why M is being scratched out of the bottom picture.

    Keep clutter down by filing the digital picutre of this masterpeiece with the date. Or heck, just archive your blog.

  45. Mandy Says:

    I am laughing too hard to come up with something coherent.

    My guess? A boob hanging down from the sky.

    No idea about the landing pad at the bottom.

  46. Mandy Says:

    I am laughing too hard to come up with something coherent.

    My guess? A boob hanging down from the sky.

    No idea about the landing pad at the bottom.

  47. toyfoto Says:

    I have NO IDEA what that is, but something tells me that if I find out I will FINALLY understand where babies come from!

  48. toyfoto Says:

    I have NO IDEA what that is, but something tells me that if I find out I will FINALLY understand where babies come from!

  49. toyfoto Says:

    Oh wait. … I just realized it looks suspiciously like the one-antlered deer in Open Season played by ashton kutcher.

    Looks JUST like him, too.

  50. Ms Picket To You Says:

    This is a sad one-eyed man with a papaya on his head.

    The artist’s note reads, “Behold the one-eyed man with the papaya on his head. He is sad. He wanted to eat that papaya.”

  51. Michelle Says:

    Okay, I think I have it…

    The top one has to be of an old lady trying to relive the 80’s bang style, which no one got to begin with, so that’s why she’s a bit confused/sad.

    The other one is a bit tougher…

    It’s either a downhill skiier heading down the slopes or Prince’s new indentity for 2009.

  52. Her Bad Mother Says:

    WTF with y’all seeing REINDEER? and BUNNIES? Am laughing my ass off BUT SERIOUSLY. The Jungian therapy on this one is gonna be BIZARRE.

  53. Black Hockey Jesus Says:

    That’s The Wind In Your Vagina.

  54. Her Bad Mother Says:

    *falls to floor, gasping for breath, omf THE LAUGHING*

  55. Stacey Says:

    It looks like someone who needs their bangs trimmed, has a prominent nose with a mole beside it and they are sad because of one, two or all of those things. That bit on the bottom is them trying to remember the name of their hairstylist – they are fairly certain it doesn’t begin with an M.

    That’s what I came up with after I got my mind out the gutter

  56. Pgoodness Says:

    I have no clue, but am enjoying the comments!!

  57. Pgoodness Says:

    I have no clue, but am enjoying the comments!!

  58. Heather Says:

    Why is it that doctor’s can’t write clearly, but they can draw something like that just fine. Ouch.

  59. Heather Says:

    Why is it that doctor’s can’t write clearly, but they can draw something like that just fine. Ouch.

  60. moosh in indy. Says:

    Yeah, that’s your goodies.
    And yeah, sorry about that.

  61. moosh in indy. Says:

    Yeah, that’s your goodies.
    And yeah, sorry about that.

  62. MommyTime Says:

    It’s a sad little one-eyed girl wearing Sarah Jessica Parker’s hat from the Sex and the City movie premier. The doodle below is her dress.

  63. Immoral Matriarch Says:

    Umm. Yes, that is the frankenvulva.

  64. Christina Says:

    Yeah, I can’t compete with the comment from Black Hockey Jesus.

    It looks to me like your lady parts, with extra emphasis of the area that didn’t survive the trauma of birth well.

  65. Maggie, Dammit Says:

    I think it’s a little one-eyed man (not *that* one) who is crying because his tongue and his magnifying glass are plastered to his forehead.

    Duh.

  66. Her Bad Mother Says:

    There’s gonna have to be a special prize for ‘SJP’s hat’, I think.

  67. Her Bad Mother Says:

    There’s gonna have to be a special prize for ‘SJP’s hat’, I think.

  68. Anonymous Says:

    I did not read the comments yet so maybe someone said this…
    But I think it is your breast and nipple and it is dripping milk…that is when I did not know it is two pictures….

    Am not sure is it because of all the post about your breast being in pain and all…or really I am in that state!

  69. Anonymous Says:

    I did not read the comments yet so maybe someone said this…
    But I think it is your breast and nipple and it is dripping milk…that is when I did not know it is two pictures….

    Am not sure is it because of all the post about your breast being in pain and all…or really I am in that state!

  70. Rachael Says:

    I am afraid that I would not be saving the drawing as it is a little too Georgio O’Keefe-ish for me. I DONT LIKE HER ‘FLOWER’ ART. And I am no prude, it just really gets me for some reason…

  71. Rachael Says:

    I am afraid that I would not be saving the drawing as it is a little too Georgio O’Keefe-ish for me. I DONT LIKE HER ‘FLOWER’ ART. And I am no prude, it just really gets me for some reason…

  72. Mrs. Chicky Says:

    Oh wow. If that’s Frankenvulva then I am so sorry. And if that bottom sketch is how you tore and were stitched up, then I am even sorrier still. Ouch.

  73. Mrs. Chicky Says:

    Oh wow. If that’s Frankenvulva then I am so sorry. And if that bottom sketch is how you tore and were stitched up, then I am even sorrier still. Ouch.

  74. Tootsie Farklepants Says:

    I think it’s upside down. If you turn it around it’s clearly a vagina, a belly button, and the underneath of one boob.

    And the doodle is a wavy line indicating anger. Or that it’s hot.

  75. samantha Says:

    I too see a half invisible sad bunny.

  76. flutter Says:

    “self portrait in repose, balanced on a whirlwind”

    or something

  77. flutter Says:

    “self portrait in repose, balanced on a whirlwind”

    or something

  78. Anissa@Hope4Peyton Says:

    No farking clue, I guess this means I get my own skittles, huh??

    I’m going to guess with chicky tho and say it’s the Frankenvulva!

  79. Bec Says:

    It is the sound of one beef curtain clapping.

  80. TSM-terrifically superiorily mediocre Says:

    See, when *I* look at it, I see a lovely spider with an egg sac. That would keep normal folks awake at night. That would get me running for my macro lens to take pictures of all its eyes. And maybe the babies too. Because I’m a sicko.

  81. TSM-terrifically superiorily mediocre Says:

    Or it’s totally a vajay jay.

  82. Her Bad Mother Says:

    Um, Bec? I AM PISSING ALL OVER MYSELF LAUGHING.

  83. TSM-terrifically superiorily mediocre Says:

    Also?

    It is the eye of GOD watching all these comments and taking notes.

    “And that’s one for YOU…and YOU…and oh yes…YOUUUUU”

  84. Black Hockey Jesus Says:

    It is the tear wept by Nothing at the origin of the World.

  85. Karen Sugarpants Says:

    That’s the look I had in the shower the other day when a pregnant mama spider was spotted post-soap, pre-rinse and I knew I couldn’t get away. She looked as though she was doing the I HAZ A MILLION BABIES AND I”M GOING TO SPRAY THEM ALL OVER YOUR NAKED BODY dance.

    I was fucking terrified.

  86. Black Hockey Jesus Says:

    Number 69, 2008.

  87. Black Hockey Jesus Says:

    Number 69, 2008.

  88. Black Hockey Jesus Says:

    The Sphincter Mourns As Shadow Embraces Light.

  89. motherbumper Says:

    I can’t top any of these comments. All I can say is ouch and this might be the reason you are pissing all over yourself when laughing. Obviously this person did not know it’s pearl one, knit two.

  90. Karen Sugarpants Says:

    I would like to point out that if that was my naked likeness in the shower – my tits do not point sideways like that. Nor do I have 4 teats.

  91. Black Hockey Jesus Says:

    The Inverted Nipple Remembers High School.

  92. Black Hockey Jesus Says:

    There Are No Flowers Or Perfume Where You’re Going Motherfucker.

  93. Black Hockey Jesus Says:

    There Are No Flowers Or Perfume Where You’re Going Motherfucker.

  94. Whit Says:

    Glory Hole with Chewing Gum (Triple J Truck Stop- Yuma, AZ, 2003)

  95. Whit Says:

    Glory Hole with Chewing Gum (Triple J Truck Stop- Yuma, AZ, 2003)

  96. Karen Sugarpants Says:

    Reindeer Cornholio in Ink

  97. Karen Sugarpants Says:

    Reindeer Cornholio in Ink

  98. Rachael Says:

    This is completely hilariously out of control. I can’t stop coming back to see what is new.

  99. Rachael Says:

    This is completely hilariously out of control. I can’t stop coming back to see what is new.

  100. Karen Sugarpants Says:

    Bob Saget Attacks Unsuspecting Gazelle

  101. Karen Sugarpants Says:

    Bob Saget Attacks Unsuspecting Gazelle

  102. Alli ~Mrs. Fussypants Says:

    Bwahahahahahaa.

    ~snort~

    Srsly, lady bits?

    ((mails case of wine to HBM))

  103. Whit Says:

    All Pale Against the O Face

  104. Her Bad Mother Says:

    Karen – there’s an Aristocrats joke in there somewhere.

  105. Her Bad Mother Says:

    Karen – there’s an Aristocrats joke in there somewhere.

  106. mothergoosemouse Says:

    Frankenvulva, of course.

  107. mothergoosemouse Says:

    Frankenvulva, of course.

  108. VDog Says:

    Someone tore you a new asshole?

  109. VDog Says:

    Someone tore you a new asshole?

  110. Sass E-mum Says:

    Yes, it has to be Frankenvulva.

    But really it has to be the view from the clouds of a teeny weeny person who let go of their balloon, and then off to the side you see a close up of their sad little smile.

    In case you’ve not thought this already – I suspect this drawing is not great bedtime reading…

  111. Sass E-mum Says:

    Yes, it has to be Frankenvulva.

    But really it has to be the view from the clouds of a teeny weeny person who let go of their balloon, and then off to the side you see a close up of their sad little smile.

    In case you’ve not thought this already – I suspect this drawing is not great bedtime reading…

  112. Tracey Says:

    The comments have distracted me so much that my OWN witty comment has escaped me. I SWEAR.

  113. Wyliekat Says:

    Little birdie flying high
    Dropped a message from the sky
    My, said the farmer, wiping his eye
    Isn’t it lucky that cows don’t fly?

  114. Erika Jurney Says:

    It’s the reason I want to email you a home reconstructive surgery kit. And drugs. xoxoxo

  115. Her Bad Mother Says:

    Erika – good drugs, I hope.

  116. lavandula Says:

    its a half bunny a sad one because umm it wee wee’d on the bottom of the page? oui? no?

  117. lavandula Says:

    its a half bunny a sad one because umm it wee wee’d on the bottom of the page? oui? no?

  118. lavandula Says:

    oh its a ring and the jewel broke of a tiny bit and smashed on the floor.how silly was i thinking it was a mutant bunny!hahaha!

  119. lavandula Says:

    oh its a ring and the jewel broke of a tiny bit and smashed on the floor.how silly was i thinking it was a mutant bunny!hahaha!

  120. Ms. Huis Herself Says:

    I agree entirely that it’s lady bits.

    Because you’ve got the labia represented by the two sets of curving lines, and the darker, roundish part right below it is the vagina, ‘cuz that’s how a young artist would draw a hole that goes in…

    Then maybe a belly button? ‘Cuz that’s sort of in the general area, too?

    And beneath the fold is the hairy-grown-up version.

    But I could totally see it being Rudolph with his nose falling off if it were around Christmas… with the scribble being the foggy night at the bottom.

    My daughter drew a picture of herself eating cherries, complete with one in her stomach. I was glad to have her explain it to me because there was so much wealth in the details!

    Maybe you can save it and sell it to pay for the therapy. 🙂

  121. Ms. Huis Herself Says:

    I agree entirely that it’s lady bits.

    Because you’ve got the labia represented by the two sets of curving lines, and the darker, roundish part right below it is the vagina, ‘cuz that’s how a young artist would draw a hole that goes in…

    Then maybe a belly button? ‘Cuz that’s sort of in the general area, too?

    And beneath the fold is the hairy-grown-up version.

    But I could totally see it being Rudolph with his nose falling off if it were around Christmas… with the scribble being the foggy night at the bottom.

    My daughter drew a picture of herself eating cherries, complete with one in her stomach. I was glad to have her explain it to me because there was so much wealth in the details!

    Maybe you can save it and sell it to pay for the therapy. 🙂

  122. Laura Says:

    A sad vagina. I see the labia, clitoris, and pubic hair. And a frown. This vagina is very, very sad.

  123. Laura Says:

    A sad vagina. I see the labia, clitoris, and pubic hair. And a frown. This vagina is very, very sad.

  124. THopgood Says:

    Still LMAO at “That’s The Wind In Your Vagina.”

  125. THopgood Says:

    Still LMAO at “That’s The Wind In Your Vagina.”

  126. Jen M. Says:

    Bungee jumping Daddy Long Legs

  127. Jen M. Says:

    Bungee jumping Daddy Long Legs

  128. iheartchocolate Says:

    I’m gonna have to totally second the episiotomy comment!

    That is totally what it is!

  129. iheartchocolate Says:

    I’m gonna have to totally second the episiotomy comment!

    That is totally what it is!

  130. fidget Says:

    Nipple portrait!

  131. fidget Says:

    Nipple portrait!

  132. Shamelessly Sassy Says:

    It’s obviously a one eyed reindeer. 🙂

  133. Shamelessly Sassy Says:

    It’s obviously a one eyed reindeer. 🙂

  134. Vicki Says:

    Are there fuzzies around that lower dark spot? I am feeling very sorry for your vajayjay right now.

    Its a map to the lost city of Atlantis?

  135. Vicki Says:

    Are there fuzzies around that lower dark spot? I am feeling very sorry for your vajayjay right now.

    Its a map to the lost city of Atlantis?

  136. Stacy Says:

    Vagina……


    ..

    .
    Anus.

    Normally separated by a plateau of nothingness except in this drawing there is clearly a large HOLE the size/shape of a baby head.

    Can I get you some ice? Tucks? Hard liquor?

  137. Stacy Says:

    Vagina……


    ..

    .
    Anus.

    Normally separated by a plateau of nothingness except in this drawing there is clearly a large HOLE the size/shape of a baby head.

    Can I get you some ice? Tucks? Hard liquor?

  138. Stefanie Says:

    Yes, obviously it is a hoo ha with a sad face under it. Which is exactly how I feel about mine these days.

  139. Stefanie Says:

    Yes, obviously it is a hoo ha with a sad face under it. Which is exactly how I feel about mine these days.

  140. Ashley Says:

    It’s a sad face with crazy hair. The picture underneath is a mess-up. A do-over. You can see the shirt behind the scribble.

  141. Ashley Says:

    It’s a sad face with crazy hair. The picture underneath is a mess-up. A do-over. You can see the shirt behind the scribble.

  142. ML Says:

    to me it says “Loach Pain.” Loach, (not) meaning that smooth spot between the vajayjay and the rectum, was coined during a Balderdash round 15 years ago. It’s really some kind of fish… which could also be a good title for this piece.

  143. ML Says:

    to me it says “Loach Pain.” Loach, (not) meaning that smooth spot between the vajayjay and the rectum, was coined during a Balderdash round 15 years ago. It’s really some kind of fish… which could also be a good title for this piece.

  144. Anonymous Says:

    BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOORING

  145. Anonymous Says:

    BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOORING

  146. amelia bedelia Says:

    I’m thinking an episitomy, too?? gee, don’t they feel good!

  147. amelia bedelia Says:

    I’m thinking an episitomy, too?? gee, don’t they feel good!

  148. Shonda Little Says:

    The larger picture is clearly a hand mirror view of a vagina.
    The bottom is a rabbit. Maybe baby has heard momma talking about her favorite “toys” and was confused.

  149. cbahm Says:

    I’m gonna go with:
    A cyclops with a black eye and a bad combover. And a tiny little patch of chest hair.

  150. Her Bad Mother Says:

    Oh, hey, wow – Anonymous scrolled all the way down through 90-plus comments to type out that he was bored. Someone, clearly, needs to get a life.

  151. Her Bad Mother Says:

    And, ha! Shonda – you’ve explained the bunnies to me. THANK YOU.

  152. Kelley Says:

    Yeah, what was I going to say? Whatever.

    It was totally more witty than anyone else but all of a sudden my nether regions feel all kinda ouchie.

  153. Kim/2 Kids Says:

    It looks like a duck to me, can’t make out the bottom. Please don’t take my input seriously, I have been in therapy for years and now one of my daughters is due to her father’s terminal illness. My favorite drawings were always the large round circles with big round eyes and limbs shooting out from the widest part (kinda looked like chicken feet). I love the one we have of four circles and the only difference is my husband’s green eyes vs. the three girls with blue eyes. We all spend years trying to analyze how we’ve f**ked up our children through their art, welcome to the club.

  154. roo Says:

    Well, I’m not sure why you’re so sure it’s NOT a reindeer in the fog,

    but if you’re sure,

    then the only other thing it could be is an extremely foreshortened worm’s-eye view of a used tampon,
    with a clot hanging from the string and a drip on the floor.

    I kinda preferred the reindeer.

  155. Her Bad Mother Says:

    Okay, Roo? THAT scarred me for life.

  156. kittenpie Says:

    ml – we call that a nifkin!

  157. bethiclaus Says:

    Yeah, as someone with mangled lady bits once myself, I sure thought of that as soon as I saw the picture. Although that damage doesn’t look too bad. Yet.

  158. Trenches of Mommyhood Says:

    Clenching my legs tightly together in sympathy over here.

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