“Fraidy” Old Lady

WATER, poured acrylic on canvas, by Cheryl Batavia

MINNOWS IN THE SURF, poured acrylic on canvas, by Cheryl Batavia

“Fraidy” Old Lady

A “fraidy” old lady at the Pompano shore

was afraid to wade, but not anymore!

Her ankles tickled when the little fish nibbled.

Their bite was so light, the old lady giggled,

“Why didn’t I try this before?”

Reprinted from Hanging Out with Wild Animals III,

an environmentally-themed book series for readers eight to twelve


Copyright 2019 by Cheryl Batavia


This limerick tells a true tale about an old lady…me. The fish bit hard enough that it almost hurt, but not quite! My sister treated me to a fish pedicure when I visited her. It was a very similar experience!

27 Comments

  1. Cindy, thank you so much for your kind and generous comments. I am just learning poured painting. I wanted some paintings to hang in our new home which we moved to in February. There are some excellent videos on YouTube that I followed. It was a lot of fun! When cool, dry weather comes, and I can work outside, I plan to try to get better at it.

    I enjoyed the fish pedicure, but wouldn’t be anxious to do it again. I promise you that it is not painful! Take care! Cheryl

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  2. The paintings are super. Love the colour of the water. It is like a person has taken the pictures of the ocean from above.
    This is beautiful.
    I dont know yet how it feels like when the fish bite. Curious now. Feels like the tickle would be relieving.

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  3. I am happy you like the paintings, Kritika. An impression of the ocean is what I was trying to achieve I am glad that’s how it look to you. When the pandemic is over, you should make a trip to the beach. I know I am looking forward to it! The small fish will not hurt you…they just tickle! Take care. Cheryl

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  4. Having taught “fraidy” kids to respect the water rather than fear it, this limerick brought a smile to my face.
    I especially like that it’s published in a science type discovery book for kids where a few readers no doubt will benefit from your ‘bravery’!!!!

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    1. Thank you, Laura, for your thoughtful and perceptive comments. I am so glad you like the poem! Many of the poems in the books are intended to be humorous, most have environmental themes, and there is an emphasis on exploration and research. This poem, as you said, encourages overcoming fears and being open to new experiences. All the best! Cheryl

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  5. So glad you tossed the ‘fraidy’ title! And agree with Laura’s comment, good to include in a kids book 🙂

    Your art really is amazing, the textures and colours … now the buyers are calling 🙂

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    1. Thank you, Kate, for the vote of confidence. If you like the poured paintings, I encourage you to try it for yourself; it’s easy and fun! Youtube has many tutorials. Two I like are “Molly’s Artistry” from a Florida artist, and Gilly Kube, a very successful artist in Australia. Gilly Kube has recommendations on materials available in Australia. I hope you give it a go. All the best! Cheryl

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      1. in the middle of relocation so no space at all for new projects … hopefully I will follow this up in a month or so once I’m settled, thanks so much Cheryl 🙂

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  6. This is beautiful art. You’ve got such wonderful cells in the painting that aren’t even the over the top huge ones. The canvas has a fair share of fluidity and cells in it. Beautiful. This one is very nice color combination too. Blue actually is second to a gold, black and white combination for fluid art in my opinion. Anyways, good work.

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  7. Shanyu, it sounds like you have some experience with this type of painting! Thank you so much for your kind comments! I plan to do some more poured paintings in winter when it is colder and drier and I can work outside! All the best! Cheryl

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