I have a Traumafession that may not be a first, but is surely a rarity: a second-generation Traumafession.
It comes from The Giving Tree, the beloved children’s book by Shel Silverstein (who also wrote Johnny Cash‘s “A Boy Named Sue,” strangely enough). While the book is a heart-tugging classic, it’s the back jacket photo of Silverstein that traumatized me as a child, and now my 5-year-old son Dash.
To put it in perspective, this photo is from a brand-new reissue of The Giving Tree. In other words, they’ve been using it for at least three decades.
I mean, is this the best head shot they had of this man? The gritty black and white photo, his thick eyebrows, even thicker beard, and an expression that looks more like he’s going to chase you through the woods than tell you a children’s story.
Even if this was the best photo of Silverstein at the time, that was at least 30 years ago. Horribly scary photo aside, how about a different or updated photo just ’cause? A simple image search on Google easily produces several better options.
So, not only did this photo of Silverstein scare me as a child, it’s disturbed my son enough that he actually asked me to take the book jacket with me after bedtime stories one night — he too thought “the man on the back was scary.”
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