“Succulent Wild Woman” by SARK was originally published in 1997. I think it may have been the first SARK book I ever read, but I’m not sure, because whichever of her books I read first I immediately read everything else she’d ever published and have bought each new book as they have come out. Every page is hand-written, with little scribbly drawings, and tiny notes in the margins. Lots of pages are in color, and all the books can be read by starting at the front, back, or in the middle somewhere. If you’ve never read one, you really have to treat yourself to one ASAP. If you have, but it’s been a while, please re-read one. I hadn’t read this book in probably ten years and when I picked it up the other day I found so many treasures I must surely have overlooked the first twenty times I read it! Here are a few snippets that jumped out at me this time:
“Therapy can be the acceleration out of a stagnant pattern . . .” accompanied by a scribbled drawing of a woman riding a bike away from a messy little puddle. I think that may be the best description of therapy I’ve ever heard.
“Large breasts are like pets. Everyone likes them, but you’re the one who has to take care of them.” That should be painted on the wall in every lingerie department in every store in the world.
“Treat yourself as kindly as you do your best friend.” Think about that one for a minute. I f you have five million things to do and your best friend calls because she’s upset or depressed or worried or whatever, you drop what you’re doing and spend time with her. Shouldn’t you do the same for yourself when you need a break? Just drop everything and be there for yourself? Pardon me, I need to go be nice to myself for a little while.