Category Archives: Codependency
Last night I was claying. I made some Alanon Bunnies from the scrap clay. When I was removing the bunnies from the oven I had the thought that I should make some bunnies that would look great with copper pennies, the two cents we should all keep to ourselves.
I layered some copper clay; some translucent clay with copper foil on its surface; some warm tan clay and a coral clay that I mixed up to go with the copper, marbled it and made 20 bunnies.
These are three of the bunnies from that batch. You can find them on my Etsy shop https://www.etsy.com/listing/129140182/dont-hop-in-there-with-your-two-cents
It has been a privilege to work with Alanons and AA members since 1977. I agree with Bill Wilson, the founder of AA, that these women and men are spiritual geniuses. Before recovery, they are, Bill said, sending their spiritual letters to the wrong address. It is so beautiful to see them come into recovery and become “weller than well”, as my teacher Karl Menninger would say.
If you are reading this and don’t understand the concept of Alanon Bunnies, they are simply Alanon Sobriety helps that remind a person not to hop in there with his or her two cents.
This is one of the polymer clay bunnies that I make for my patients who are over-functioning, i.e., hopping in there with their two cents.
Intrepid readers of this blog will note that this bunny is a.) made from the scrap clay from “A Day of Clay” and 2.) the technique is identical to that used when making bunny dinner rolls, “Fresh Baked Easter Bunnies”.
You could take a weekend workshop to understand co-dependency, but I can give it to you in two words: under-funtioning and over-functioning. The addict under- functions and those around the addict begin to over-function to take up the slack.
Unfortunately over-functioning undermines your mental health. A LOT.
I make these bunnies to remind my patients not to hop in there with their two cents. I suggest that they place two copper pennies in front of the rabbit to remind them of this. I also suggest that they go to Al-Anon.
These bunnies have been wildly popular with my patients. They surprise me by always choose the marbled ones over the plain ones (you can see the pink ones and the white ones in an earlier post). They put them where they most need this reminder. With two cents. Which they keep.