I didn't plan this at all, I swear! It has nothing to do with the Chinese Year of the Goat.. nevertheless I got inspired to start a brand new fable and turns out it features a goat as the main character. Some people might say there are no coincidences but, maybe I've just been seeing a lot of goats lately ;).
While flipping through my book of symbols looking at insects for my journal cover with all the bugs I came across the page of the goat, and out of the blue the title of a French kid's story popped in my mind. "The goat of Mr Seguin". I completely forgot what the story was about, so I googled it. Here's an english version. In a nutshell it's about a goat that wants to escape Mr Seguin's little patch of grass to go to the mountain and eventually she does, but there is she meets a wolf and dies after fighting him all night. It's meant to warn us of the dangers of freedom.
After reading the story, I thought about it a couple seconds, then it hit me: that goat is me! Since I was a kid I have had this desire to be free. And I can't quite describe what is that freedom I am after. Because I have escaped practically every patch of grass (I even quit my comfortable job!) but that darn feeling is still with me. I felt I really needed to explore this further and try my hand at a new fable. A little daunting because it has been a while, over a year!, since I developed a brand new one (not counting the beavers and otters).
I have never reflected so much on a children's tale. Eight pages of notes and scribbles. That's because I was using my head more than my feelings. Until I got super frustrated and last Thursday almost decided to give up. I went to a book reading that evening and was reminded to connect with the feeling, allow the drawing to come from that, and only then try to analyze it. And it worked! The next day after an inspiring walk with a friend up a hill, all the elements fell into place.