Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Ask Baba Yaga: Are People Judging Me Because I'm Single and Childless?

"She Has Curious Habits." by Dave Crosland
Created for the Hellboy 20th Anniversary Show on Friday, May 2, at Hero Complex Gallery.
In reality, there are so many version of this question: Why don't you have more than one child? Why don't you get remarried? Why don't you join a (whatever) club so you have more friends? But the thing is, even if you're generally outgoing you'll sometimes find ways you're isolating yourself, but is that a bad thing? Should we worry about it? Baba Yaga, who knows a lot about being alone, as always chimes in with some gritty goodness.

This week's question and answer (via poet and oracle Taisia Kitaiskaia* of The Hairpin):
(Originally posted at The Hairpin HERE)

There's always something freeing when I'm told, "it's OK to be you". And I couldn't be more glad that it's Baba Yaga who is saying it this time. It doesn't just apply to introvert-types either.

And as Regina Phalange wrote at the original posting:
This is lovely. And it's useful advice even for people like me - people who are emphatically NOT happiest when alone, but who are currently alone.
Thank goodness. I'll be dancing my own dance over here then (and if you hear the music, you are welcome to join me).

What do you think of Baba Yaga's advice?

Want to ask Baba Yaga a question of your own?
You can!
There's now an email address where you can send your questions
directly to Baba Yaga herself.
AskBabaYaga AT gmail DOT com
To encourage Baba Yaga to continue imparting her no-bones-about-it wisdom (ok, there may be some gristle in there... bones too), I suggest we not to leave her box empty... 

Thank you Baba Yaga (& Taisia).

Taisia Kitaiskaia is a poet, writer, and Michener Center for Writers fellow. Born in Russia and raised in America, she's had her poems and translations published in Narrative Magazine, Poetry International, and others.

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