Drew Barrymore: Bubble Machine of Joy

A Taliswoman Short

Leah Welborn
The Shortform

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Original image by the author (Drew Barrymore image via Creative Commons)

I can’t remember a time when I didn’t know Drew Barrymore. She’s roughly a year younger than me, and when I saw E.T. at the movie theater with my parents, there she was.

“She’s so lucky.” I know I must’ve thought that. I was absolutely miserable in my small-town Texas childhood, stifled by closed-mindedness and bullies. Drew, I thought, had everything I wanted.

Before long, she was almost a show business casualty, caught in the undertow of vice and self-destruction that’s destroyed so many brilliant artists. We’re all so lucky she survived.

My own dark night of the soul lasted decades, but I’m happy at last, and I always looked to Drew for inspiration.

Today, Drew appears to be doing better than ever and I hope that’s true. In my mind, she’s a bubble machine of joy.

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Leah Welborn
The Shortform

Empower Your Magical Self with me. I'm the Mystic Autistic, a writer and spiritual baddie. LeahWelborn.net.