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. 😀
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 her—and her hair—happy.
Tender and empowering, Hair Love is an ode to loving your natural hair—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. 😄 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. 😉 😇
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. 😉 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.