Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Nursing Dreams

I had a dream about nursing a baby last night. I often have dreams about nursing babies; my own babies, others' babies, even animal babies. I adored nursing my five children, so I suppose it's natural that this scenario keeps appearing in my dreams. When it shows up now I usually know that I need to "feed" some part of myself. All the characters in our dreams can represent an aspect of ourselves. I found this photo in a book I'm reading called From the Beast to the Blonde: On Fairy Tales and Their Tellers, by Marina Warner. In 1921 huntsman William Lyman Underwood killed a bear then discovered she had a cub. He brought the foundling bear cub back to his wife who nursed the cub along with their baby daughter who was born at the same time. They named their daughter Ursula (little bear) and named the bear cub Bruno. Underwood and his wife raised Bruno to adulthood then released him to the wild!
I love this photograph.
William Lyman Underwood
Wild Brother, 1921
Martha Miller
Catalpa, 1990
charcoal on Rives BFK, 22" x 30"
Collection of Pat Hardy


Anonymous said...

I want to tell u that that book u were reading,"From the Beast to the Blonde:On Fairy Tales and Their Tellers, by Marina Warner, had the imformatioan about Bruno the Bear was defianty wrong. Mr. Underwood was not a huntsman, he & his wife didn't rasie him & they didn't have a daughter name Urusula. If u want to know the real story, please buy this book called "Wild Brother:Strangest of True Stories of the North Woods", William Lyman Underwood. U can buy it the bookstore Barnes & Noble. Ok?

Martha Miller said...

THANKYOU!!! I will indeed go buy this book! Have you notified Marina Warner? Can't wait to read "Wild Brother"!