Not surprisingly,I decided on a botanical interpretation—my potted succulent, Echeveria, commonly called "Hen and Chicks". Doing a bit of research online, I found this description which made me chuckle as I thought of my own adult children:
"The plant’s well-known common name, Hen and Chicks, was derived from the vegetative offsets, or new plants that mature Echeveria will produce. The mature plant, the hen, develops numerous offsets, chicks, which surround the mature plant until the offsets are mature enough to support themselves. In nature, the offsets break away from the hen once they are mature, but they can also be pulled or cut off and transplanted.... The hen actually benefits from the removal of offsets since much of its energy is used to supporting the chicks."
As often happens when I'm drawing, I realized that I liked the look of the work-in-progress, with parts left unfinished. So, I decided to post this as it is. After all, doesn't the beauty of children (and maybe the occasional frustration, if we're being honest) arise from the fact that they're "unfinished" works?
Feel free to comment and share your thoughts as to whether you find unfinished work interesting or frustrating. As for your thoughts about whether you find children interesting or frustrating, let's save that discussion for another time—it is my summer break, you know.