I know everyone’s talking about the new Seasame Street character, Julia, who’s autistic, and everyone’s talking about how all her traits as super accurate, but there’s one thing I ended up focusing on:
The man, who I can only assume is her father or something, said “She has autism– she likes it when people know that.”
That means that he has given her the opportunity to learn about her diagnosis and learn about who she is, that way it’s easier to communicate certain things– such as meltdowns– with others. That is incredibly important for children to be seeing: A trusted adult allowing his child to learn about themself so that they can better communicate who they are.
Alright, so I’ll keep this photo op story short and sweet. I absolutely loved the episode “Regarding Dean” this past season (on that note: dear show, please give Jensen more opportunity to challenge himself, he talked with so much joy about that episode today) and especially the bunny moment, so when I stumbled upon this pillow a few weeks back, I couldn’t resist to buy it thinking of using it for my Jensen op. And needless to say, I did use it and I do really love the outcome, though I am not entirely happy with my mouth, but shhhh, just ignore that! ;)
Anyway, so I walk up to Jensen and probably speak wayyyy too fast due to nervousness and he looks at me intently while I try and tell him in ultra speed that “I absolutely loved the episode and the bunny scene and that I wondered if we can take a picture together all cuddly” and he just goes: “DONE!”, smiles at me and pulls me into a hug. The picture is taken and while I go back he smiles once more and I say thank you so much and he says “thank you”. And I’m just thinking what on earth would you need to thank me for? :’) But it was very sweet and probably made me blush quite a bit.
We’re in Vegas and they’ve given us a suite to make up for our dirty room. We slow dance in the middle of it with the curtains pulled back so we can watch the Strip light up in front of us. You kiss my forehead and I glow like the neon lights.
We’re in Vegas and you’ve convinced me to jump in the pool even though it’s cold. I forget how to swim, so water gets up my nose and I cough when I surface. You laugh at me and wrap me up in towels to stop my shivering.
We’re in Vegas and we’ve walked two miles in the heat in terrible shoes. I’m dehydrated and your phone is dying and we’re almost lost, but we can see the hotel in the distance. We soldier on hand in hand, and you rub my feet in bed later that night.
We’re in Vegas and you’ve lost a sushi-eating contest to me. I convince you to split mochi with me and you pay with the money you won from Craps. When we get back to the hotel, you convince me to gamble. I lose all of my money, but it doesn’t even matter because you look over and blow a kiss at me.
We’re in Vegas and I’ve convinced you to walk over to the Bellagio Conservatory with me at midnight. The flowers smell amazing and the birds are asleep. A woman takes our photos in front of a tortoise whose shell is made up of roses. I’m kissing your cheek and your arm is wrapped around me tightly. We look happy.
We’re in Vegas. There’s no place I’d rather be right now. You snore next to me in our king-sized bed and I kiss the freckles on your back. We’re in Vegas. I could stay here with you forever.
We’re in Vegas. And I’m absolutely in love with you.
Today I had some of my coworkers over for a movie night and we
watched Zootopia. For me, it was about umpteenth viewing, but for most
of them it was the first time.
absolutely loved watching their reactions to some of my favorite
scenes. Everyone lost it at the DMV segment. One of my friends literally
dropped to the floor when Clawhauser got embarrassed about calling Judy
cute. The bridge scene… well, you know :’)
I loved most of all was that even my friends who aren’t big into Disney
or animation in general really liked the movie. They understood
immediately why I had been going on and on about it all week before our
planned movie night arrived. The humor, the attention to detail, the
emotional and thematic depth, all combine to make Zootopia the
masterpiece it is, and everyone seemed to get something great out of it.
my part, I was thrilled to see good friends bring a fresh set of eyes
what has quickly become my favorite movie. Every time I watch Zootopia, I
notice a detail I missed my previous times around. Watching it with
others, I got to see them bring a few such details to my attention (e.g.
- one of my coworkers, a fellow doctor, noticed some brain imaging on
the screens at Cliffside, which I never even paid attention to). Even
more importantly, everyone’s emotional response to different parts of
the movie was different and great to see. Everyone’s backgrounds are
different, which made everyone empathize with a different aspect of Nick
and Judy’s story, and even allowed them all take something different
away from the same scene.
And that’s what a good story does. It
shows you something deep and powerful which can speak to everyone in a
slightly different way while still keeping the same basic message.
off, seeing Zootopia again in this way made me understand exactly why
this is the most amazing and welcoming fandom I’ve ever been a part of: Because acceptance and understanding are what the movie is about! So of course
this fandom is filled with people who value those qualities! Everyone
who loves this movie loves it because (beyond a multitude of other
reasons) they recognize and agree with its message, that the world will
be a better place if we all try, just try, to understand one another. If we just try to make it better.
that’s it, that’s my ramble. And a “short” summary of why I love
Zootopia and its fandom so much. Thank you all for making this an
amazing place to spend some of my free time. I love you all :)