The EDM drawing challenge prompt #70 reads “Draw something you are afraid of and write about it if you dare.” Prompt #239 says “Draw something that has scared you” This is both prompts rolled into one story.
When I was a child I was very afraid of masks from New Guinea. My father worked in New Guinea for a time and when he returned home he had with him about 15 large wooden masks. Mum treated them as home decor items and hung them all as a collection on one wall in our home.
What people dont realise about these masks is that they are large! I was about 8 years old and some of the masks dad came home with were as big as my 6 year old sister. Their primitive power worked their magic and they looked very fearful to me.
But I have come to live with masks as my husband (not knowing how they caused such discomfort to me as child) purchased this mask on a work trip to New Guinea. It is large but I like the fellow. He is beside our front door.
I was reminded of my fear when the other day one of the local children cam to our door and I noticed her looking very warily over my shoulder. I was trying to figure out what it was that made her feel uneasy then I realised … what she saw our mask.
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