Love and More Love

Do you ever have a moment when something you love is loved so much by other people and you get all happy inside and feel like a happy human floating on a happy cloud of love?

This happens pretty often for me (when someone discovers an underrated indie author or my penpal listens to the favorite songs I bombard her with), but it happened in an even bigger way than ever before this last Sunday.

Some backstory first. πŸ˜€

Once upon a time, back in November, I was browsing through new books at the library when I ran across a picture book that looked ABSOLUTELY ADORABLE. ❀ I loved the illustration style, and the story looked like a super sweet portrayal of family life (and a celebration of some pretty awesome hair). I added Hair Love to my overly tall stack of library books and brought it home.

“Zuri’s hair has a mind of its own. It kinks, coils, and curls every which way. Zuri knows it’s beautiful. When mommy does Zuri’s hair, she feels like a superhero. But when mommy is away, it’s up to daddy to step in! And even though daddy has a lot to learn, he LOVES his Zuri. And he’ll do anything to make herβ€”and her hairβ€”happy.

Tender and empowering, Hair Love is an ode to loving your natural hairβ€”and a celebration of daddies and daughters everywhere.” (from Goodreads)

We passed it around the whole family, and Mom even read it aloud to share the love. πŸ˜„ I really enjoyed the story and–I’ll say it again–the illustrations. Seriously, all the heart eyes. 😍😍

A month or so later, my sisters discovered the short film version of this story, and we had a few showings of that as well. ❀ It’s pretty precious, and I cried at the ending. Probably more than once. πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜‡

Back to Sunday.

Sunday night was the Oscars, a.k.a. a ceremony where people dress up fancy and talk a lot and get awards for their work in acting, filmmaking, etc. This was my first year really following it and other awards shows because several films/actors I loved last year were nominated for awards. (How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World, anyone? ❀ )

Imagine my delight when the nominations came out and Hair Love was one of the picks for Best Animated Short.

And imagine my delight when it won. I cried more, happy tears this time. πŸ˜‰ It was a beautiful moment of something lovely being loved, and yes, I had that happy cloud feeling again. (And my social exploded with my being happy over it. XD )

The big moment ^^

Isn’t that just the cutest? ❀

Go watch the short film, read the book, love your family, and love the way God has beautifully crafted you. ❀

And celebrate things you love, because those moments are so, so beautiful.

10 thoughts on “Love and More Love

  1. I love this post so much! You’re a good writer, because you capture human experiences in words, when I have experienced it but couldn’t describe it. That’s what my favorite authors do!

    And I’m indebted to you for the recommendation of Hair Love. I watched the short a few months ago because I saw you reading the book. And oh my goodness. It was so beautiful and unexpectedly moving! It made me a little misty, though I don’t remember how much. And it’s just adorable! So thanks! You’ve reminded me I wanted to read the book!

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    1. Thank you so much, Mary! ❀ I often feel like words are inadequate, so I'm glad I sometimes get things across. πŸ˜‰

      Oh, I'm so glad! YES! The ending was such a beautiful surprise to me, and I loved every moment. ❀ You're welcome! Enjoy the book. πŸ˜€


      1. The Hair Love film showed up in my YouTube feed this evening and I finally watched it. It’s so precious, I cried, and I immediately shared it with a friend. Thanks so much for recommending because I wouldn’t have watched it otherwise (also next time you recommend an adorable book/film I probably won’t wait for Goodreads or YouTube to concur because you obviously have amazing tasteπŸ˜‰)

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