Little LuLu I Love You-you Yes I Do

Camille Rose Garcia’s paintings are truly phenomenal — like ESP or a poltergeist loose in the kitchen. Something has happened that is so outside the realm of everyday “reality” that you are forever changed.  Fated to be a fringe-dweller. Now it’s you, the witchy strange in the room, the dollfaced oddball who believes in ghosts. You’re the one. Crooked curved shoulders, pitch black curls, a “believes in the impossible kind of girl. 

You are a premonition and everyone’s looking.

When I first saw this pirate lass by CRG, I thought I’d found my seafaring alter-ego. I wanted so bad to be her, for her to be me.  Those stripey bloomers! Those boots! That hat!  An octopus? A genie bottle?  Me me me, mine, all mine.  But then I looked closer at her hat.  Lulu.  Lulu?  Lulu!  Damn, turns out she wasn’t pirate-me.  She was Lulu. My little sister, being a Lulu herself, clearly had dibs.

 

My sister is the subject of this piece by Camille Rose Garcia. Not really. But kinda. Enough to make my eyes a jealous shade of green.

My sister is the subject of this piece by Camille Rose Garcia. Not really. But kinda. Enough to make my eyes a jealous shade of green.

 

My lucky “Little Lulu” is a year older today.  Liz is the pirate (the hat insists) and I am the genie in that thar’ bottle. I do like to grant little-sisterly wishes when I’m able.  Suchly, Liz is getting a ship on her hip. A tattoo from Tina Forever is my gift to her (plus MAC makeup from the Naughty/Knotty Nauticals line.)  The ship is surely a salute to our father, our lost captain, and to a childhood spent on the great lakes.  Also it speaks to battling fears as Liz almost died/drowned as a tot.  Well, here’s to it, Lulu, I’m glad you stayed around and happy birthday…. oh and matey, where ever did you get yer stripey pirate pants as I absolutely must have a pair for my very own?

 

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“Using Mama’s lipstick for the letters she writes, using Daddy’s neckties for the tails on her kite!”  Little Lulu is a troublemaker toon.

When my Lou was a baby our mom used to put her hair into little piggle-tails which wound into two single ringlets, little corkscrews like real piggy tails, and like a certain naughty comic strip character. 

Lulu needs an atti(toon) adjustment. Cheer up! The world loves you little Lulu, yes it do-do. (happy b-day, beautiful)

Lulu needs an atti(toon) adjustment. Cheer up! The world loves you little Lulu, yes it do-do. (happy b-day, beautiful)

 Alphabetfiend is Dia VanGunten — a writer & wanna-be circus freak living in Austin, Texas.

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