Comic : Walking home

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A very short comic for the Daily-Comic-Challenge initiated by Henna Hoplin on the topic “What I didn’t know until…”. You don’t know stuff until you do. How did it feel to suddenly realize and understand something new or from a totally different point of view? The memory in the comic is from me working as a councilor at a vacation camp for children when I was 20 years old. The children were sweet but also challenging. What do you do, all by yourself with a child running off into the woods. I was not up for a game of catch back to New York City.

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Walking home, the entire comic is transcribed to plain text

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Walking Home

As a camp councillor I stand next to a deserted camp fire in the woods and shout after a child: “Ajana, please come back.” as they walk towards the forest of large dark pines.

Ajana looking distressed replies: “No, I need to go back to Brooklyn right now!”

In a rectangular box is written what I realised that summer: “With children, really with people things work best when I trust my guts.”

I sit down on one of wooden benches next to the fire places and think: “I can see her alright – lets just wait to have her turn around by herself.”

Ajana does not continue deeper into the woods but returns to their councillor, but looks even more unhappy. I ask her: “Hey Ajana sit with we.”

I explain that New York is 7 days by foot. Instead of text a speech bubble is filled with the wood an x sign in the middle and a little person walking into the distance where New York City is indicated.

I finish my explanation with: “and the bus will come back in two days”. Ajana smiles.

My final thought about that memory ist that whatever it is, you have to mean it. This is written in a rectangular box at the bottom.

by Illi Anna Heger 2015


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