I don't know if I write Bea, or Bea writes Bea... she has a very strong personality and so much to say (thank god I have an editor who's not afraid of her!). I hope you take a gander at the latest of Bea's escapades, book two of the Bea Catcher Chronicles, Snitch. In the meantime, here are a few more words and illustrations from Bea, on being a highly sensitive person.
Sadly, I’m afflicted with the Princess and the Pea syndrome—forget the “princess” part, I just always seem to be feeling the “peas.”
It’s like all of my five senses are jacked up—hyper-revved. It really gets annoying sometimes.
Smell? I friggin’ smell everything! And there’s this chick in biology. Omg, she wears the strongest perfume—the kind they try to hide in the magazine folds from people (yeah, like that really works). She probably rubs the paper fold on her wrists, her neck—every pressure point on her body—right before class. And it’s always a different perfume. Boom, instant headache.
Taste? Do you think some people were born with too many buds on their tongues? I do and I believe I’m one of them. Stuff makes me gag, literally. If an egg is a bit runny? Gag. A burger too rare? Gag. Anything my mom cooks? For sure, gag.
Touch? Okay, we’re going to deal with clothes here—get your mind out of the gutter. Unless it’s cotton, or a blend, I itch, sometimes even breaking into hives. And it sucks, ‘cause most of the vintage clothes I adore are not cotton. Like this petticoat skirt from the ‘50s? Full-on nylon netting. No way could I wear it if it weren’t for the cotton tights underneath.
Hearing? Forget sleep. I wake up at the slightest noise. My house is like five-thousand-years old and the floors creak and squeak; the wind blows through the old, paint-flaked windows. I hear my parents bicker, the neighbor’s television droning on, Barf, the dog, down the street whimpering to go inside. And I’ve been convinced there’s a mouse in the wall snickering at me.
Seeing? Well, where do I start...
Bea-ware...I’m watching you
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