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Amanda Farquharson is a fine artist from Dundas, Ontario. Her work is cheerful, colourful, bright, and explores themes of nature, family, animals, and memory.

Bloody 'Squitos

Bloody 'Squitos

Mosquito Illustration by Amanda Farquharson

I am so itchy. It's all I can think about and, apparently, all I can draw. I try not to be afraid of going outside at our house but I can't help it. I step out the front door, book in hand, and I get swarmed! For some reason they never bite anyone else as often or voraciously as they bite me.

Life can be a bit of a nightmare when I am itchy. Cranky would be an understatement. I definitely had to apologize to Jay twice yesterday for being a raving nutcase.

I drew this little jerk too cute... I couldn't help it. I draw things cute, it's what I do. But he definitely bit me in three places on my back that I can't reach without help and I am home alone. He should have been drawn as the bloodsucking, vicious monster that he is.

Growing up, I called mosquitos "Bloody Squitos" because that's what they are and it was a good way to use the word "Bloody" as a descriptor without getting in trouble for using bad language. It's one of those words that slips out so naturally, like it's a phrase that everyone uses all the time, except really it's just my family. I don't even realize most days until Jay looks at me funny. (Also true of "Maki Moki" for Mac & Cheese and probably a hundred other phrases I can't think of right now).

Does anyone else have funny phrases from their childhood? I am totally into adopting all of your suggestions into my normal speech patterns.

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