Betsy Mars has always felt an easy and natural affinity with animals. When she saw Doctor Doolittle — the Rex Harrison version — she hoped it was a documentary. She even tried to talk to the daddy long-legs who lived near her bunk when she felt lonely at sleepaway camp. She eventually realized she couldn’t talk to them, nor be a veterinarian since she was no good at science and couldn’t bear the inevitable suffering. Living in Brazil from the ages 4-6 gave her a lifelong yearning for travel. She learned and has forgotten kindergarten Portuguese, studied three other languages, and has learned none of them adequately. Even English is a struggle, especially orally, especially when it’s important. What did the fox say in The Little Prince? “Language is the source of misunderstandings.” Sometimes she writes to better understand herself, always to try to bridge that gap between us.
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Author-in-hiding, Digital Artist-in-training, Student-in-perpetuum