just like grandma

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It was an up and down, spin around, jam-packed day.  All the action makes it doubly interesting that I went to bed thinking about a single, seemingly ordinary, incident: I was in line at Starbucks when I overheard a young girl tell her friend, “I don’t know her that well, but I spend time with her whenever I can – I want to be just like her when I grow up.”
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I sighed five times but I really wanted to turn around and give the girl a hug.  Her comment was sweet, yes, but the casualness of her words also hinted at a loving and soulful spirit.
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The 3 minute wait for my chai tea became an opportunity to muse about the importance of role models.  This girl was lucky to have someone admirable to look up to, and I would hope that each of us feels similarly about someone special in our life.  As for me?  I hope to be as forgiving as my grandmother, as loving as my great aunt, and as joyful as my young cousin.  They all read this blog, so let this post be a bit of a ‘thank you’ to each of them.
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Who is your role model?  And isn’t this post better than what I meant to write about DIY kitchen towels for spring?

fan mail

fan mail

Disney Fact: In 1933, Mickey Mouse received 800,000 pieces of fan mail–more than any other star in Hollywood.  The first letter I ever wrote was to Santa, letting him know that I wanted all the Nancy Drew books and a Skip-It.  After making my Christmas wishes clear, the second letter I sent was to Melissa Joan Heart.

“Dear Melissa,  Clarissa Explains It All  is the best show on television, and I watch with my sister almost every single day. Unless my brother is watching Ninja Turtles , because they usually come on at the same time.  Luckily he is usually busy playing outside because we only have one TV.  Anyway, I wish I had a friend like Sam that crawled into my bedroom whenever he wanted.  I have to share a room, so you’re doing pretty well for yourself.  Anyway, I think we’d be friends, and hopefully we can meet someday. XO, Jen.”

After that initial letter went out, I received an autographed postcard from Clarissa thanking me for watching the show.  I pinned the postcard on my wall, and then I wrote to Kelly (Saved by the Bell), Alex (Mysterious World of Alex Mack) and Ashley (All That).   Time to grow my list of signatures from famous celebs (aka, best friends).

I’m a huge fan of fan mail.  The concept is just so great — take a moment to share generous thoughts and send kind words.  I got behind the movement when I was 9, and I’m still practicing the trade at 26 (that’s like.. let’s see.. 17 years of fan mail  from yours truly.)

Anyway! This whole post is really just a plea for my readers to let someone know that you appreciate their work.  The web makes it easy to contact almost anyone you admire, so no excuses.  Jot down a couple people who inspire you (designers, photographers, writers, fashion icons, comedians, teachers, etc) and then send them a piece of fan mail.

For example, I’m a huge fan of designer/illustrator Shannon Kirsten.  She has no idea that I scope out her Etsy shop when I’m bored, or that I pin almost all of her designs.  I’m ending all that today with this fan mail addressed express from me to her.