You may have noticed that I design a lot of peace signs. Over the years I have made peace signs not only my personal emblem but a main trademark that I use to spread my message of peace, love and harmony.
I really shouldn’t be surprised that I ended up as an evangelist for a different way of living.
My mom was born into one of the Traveler clans, which meant that she spent most of her days in the Gypsy Grove with others of her tribe.
Despite this, she was also fiercely independent and would freely associate with people from the various iconvilles around where we lived.
This rebel spirit was frowned upon by some members of her tribe. It was also frowned upon by certain individuals in the iconvilles.
The denizens of the iconvilles thought the Travelers exotic. They didn’t understand them, their rituals or their way of life. In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised if some actually found the Travelers a touch dangerous.
The Travelers, on the other hand, thought that too much mingling with those outside their clans would lead the less dedicated amongst them astray. Who would want to stay dedicated to the old ways when there were so many new and exciting options to be had?
In a way, both sides were right, but more importantly both sides were wrong.
If we leave our birth paths, it’s not so much a matter of us being misled as it is a matter of us choosing what truly works for us. And as far as danger goes, well, we’re all a little afraid of the dark, and what we don’t know.
This is why my mother went out of her way to get to know people and creatures who were different than her. Of course, what she found was that everyone is basically the same, We all have bright sides and dark sides, and what really determines if we’re good in the end is how we balance the shadows and the light that are within all of us.
My mom lived what she believed. She chose to forge a life with a mysterious magician from outside her tribe—a highly questionable act for both sides—yet, without her and my father daring to break with their own birth traditions, neither me nor my sister Poppy would have been born, which brings me back to the peace signs.
Peace, after all, isn’t just a lack of war, but of conflict. Peace is harmony. Peace is getting to know and understand others, which, in the end allows us to truly understand ourselves.
—Jellybean Reds, Creator of Little Creatures