✒︎ “My name’s Philip – the eighth. Well, secondPhilip. Eighth kid. Sixth son. My family calls me Pip. I think the name Philip’s got too much – no, too many, too many – emotional ties to it. I’ll never know why my mom and dad chose to name me after him – I mean, I can never ask my dad, because, ya know, he… he died, and I’m not gonna ask my mom, because she doesn’t deserve that pain, you know? But – but you wanted to get to know me, right? I mean, that’s why you asked… right? You wouldn’t have asked if you didn’t care…?
✒︎ “I mean, there’s not much to say about me. I just turned nine, and I’m an artist. I like to paint, I like to draw, but I’m not too great at it. I think it’s because of how young I am. I hope I’ll get better – that’s what I really like to do. My brothers, see, they’re all really smart. Really smart. And so are my sisters. Really, really smart. I don’t think I’m that smart. They’ve all got my dad’s mind, so I’m told. We’re Hamiltons, you know? We’re supposed to be smart. And I like listening to them, I like learning from them, but I think they think that I’m not learning fast enough. William especially. He’s only fourteen, but I think that he thinks he’s the same age as AJ. But you’re not here for my family, either, are you? You actually want to know about me, right? You’re still there… you’re still listening, aren’t you?
✒︎ “Like I was saying. I’m an artist. I’m not as smart as my siblings, but I’m smarter than most people in my class… it’s ‘cause I’m a Hamilton. I’ve got my dad’s mind, so everyone says. But they clearly don’t know my siblings. They’ve got my dad’s mind. Anyways! I’m an artist. And… well, I know how to play piano, but I don’t really like to. Every time I sit down in front of the piano, I get these looks from my older siblings, right? Like I’m not meant to be there. Like I’m taking Big Philip’s place. And that’s not what I’m trying to do at all…! It’s not. They just miss him. And that’s okay. I think I would miss him, too, if I ever knew him. I go to church with my mom on Sundays, I think she finds it relaxing. I don’t. I don’t like it. But don’t tell my mom. I think she likes that I go with her. And I want to help her, and if going to church helps her relax and maybe… talk? I don’t know – to Big Philip and my dad, then I’m there to support her.
✒︎ “More about me, though. I like watching the clouds roll by. I like sunshine but I also like the stars. I think nature’s beautiful; there’s nothing prettier than the springtime. And my favorite thing in the world is my family. I mean, I’m sure I would’ve loved my dad and Big Philip. But my mom, my brothers, Angie and Eliza – they mean everything to me. And I really, really hope that I mean everything to them, too.”
gotta say, months later thinking abouting meeting Bruce…rock stars are supposed to be rock stars…i was prepared to be disappointed. but Bruce…meeting him was better than could be expected…in the mere seconds I had around him I know it wasn’t just my worship or his celebrity…this was a good man, a good fucking man I can’t even say…Bruce is one of those humans who knows how to make other humans feel seen and I love him for so much that I know he won’t remember me but i still can’t believe i had a dream come true and i got to meet him and say thank you and felt his hand on my shoulder and it was a pure and true hand
But I guess ultimately what scares me about marriage is where do you find this person? You know a lot of times, most successful relationships, people meet through work, school, mutual friends. But what’s most interesting to me is when people just meet in life, just randomly. You know, I have a friend, he got married, I asked him like “Hey, uh, where’d you meet your wife?” He was like “I was leaving Bed, Bath & Beyond. I was looking for my car - I drive a gray Prius. I saw a different gray Prius, I thought it was mine, I walked up to it, I realized I had the wrong car, but I bumped into Carol, we started talking, that was that”. That’s unbelievable. Think about all the random factors that had to come together to make this one moment possible - this one moment that changed these two people’s entire lives: First off, this guy has to live in this particular town. Then he has to get a gray Prius. Then he has to need to go to Bed, Bath & Beyond. Then he has to go to that particular Bed, Bath & Beyond. Then there has to be another guy who also lives in town, also drives a gray Prius, also needs to go to Bed, Bath & Beyond, also goes to that particular Bed, Bath & Beyond at around the same time. Then they have to both park somewhat near each other, my friend has to leave before the other guy leaves, see the wrong Prius, think it’s his, walk up to it. Then the woman, Carol, needs to be near the wrong gray Prius for a million other random reasons. They bump into each other, they start talking, their entire lives are changed. That’s the most amazing and terrifying thing about life. It is, cause the amazing thing is that at any moment, any one of us can have that moment that totally changes our lives. You could be leaving the show tonight, bump into someone… it could change your life. You don’t know, that could happen. The terrifying thing is… what if we’re all supposed to be at Bed Bath & Beyond right now?
In honor of Harry’s big day, I wanted to share this cute Harry story with everyone. It’s kind of long, and I’m sorry if I bore you with the detail, but the detail is what makes it interesting, IMO - so I hope you read the whole thing.
Back in 2014 , my boyfriend, Jesse, was working as a special events media coordinator for a very large and popular venue in London. This was a cool thing because he often would get to meet the talent. He’s met a bunch of different people along the way which of course included, One Direction.
I had just met Jesse in the early part of 2014 so we weren’t dating yet when 1D was in town. I wasn’t a 1D fan either, so when he told me about it I didn’t really care. It was only after I saw Harry on SNL later that year (I think it was December) that I actually was fuming with envy that Jesse got to meet him.
Before the 1D show, Jesse first spotted Harry from a distance. He was walking down the hallway and peeked in to one of the dressing rooms only to see a long-limbed “skinny kid” lying on the sofa, with a woman standing over him with her hand on his forehead, as if she were gauging his temperature. Jesse didn’t know who the woman was or who the kid was (he couldn’t see because his face was turned toward the back of the couch). Anyway, the woman spotted Jesse walking by and waived at him to hold up a minute because she wanted to talk to him. She walked out of the room and shut the door behind her so she could talk to Jess in the hallway. She introduced herself (yes, you probably already guessed it was Lou Teasedale) and explained that H wasn’t feeling well and wondered if there were any blankets around, but she asked that he keep the news to himself - rather than getting someone else to find the stuff and bring it to them. Jesse, of course, was happy to provide whatever was needed (because he’s like that) and he scurried off to get it (even though this really wasn’t his job, he was happy to help and he liked the “spy stuff” about keeping it quiet)..
When he brought the juice and blanket back to the room, Harry’s eyes flew open and he smiled, Lou introduced Harry to Jesse, except when she said his name, Harry got it wrong and thought she said Jeffrey. Harry said, “Hi Jeffrey, thanks”. Jesse, of course, didn’t have the heart to correct him, so he just smiled and nodded and waived and told him he hoped he’d feel better before the show. Harry gave him a thumbs up and said “thanks, you too” (LOL) and Lou smiled and hugged Jesse and thanked him, then Jesse left the room.
He assumed this was the first and only interaction he’d have with Harry, but lo and behold, it wasn’t.
About two hours later, a completely revived Harry was bouncing around in one of the media rooms where 1D was meeting some photographers and some fans for a meet and greet type of thing. He was clearly feeling much better and had a huge cup of coffee in his hand while he was smiling and laughing and talking.
Anyway, being that he’s Harry, he spotted “Jeffrey” across the room and walked over to him, shook his hand and thanked him again. Jesse asked him how he was doing, and Harry said he was fine he’d been struggling with hay fever but he was feeling better after his inhaler and an hour under a humidifier mask (not sure what that is, but…ok).
Someone else called to Jesse from across the room, and it was only then that Harry realized he had his name wrong, that he wasn’t “Jeffrey”, he was Jesse. So Harry was embarrassed and shook his hand again and RE-INTRODUCED himself to Jesse. LOL, So they chuckled about it for a little bit and Jesse said Harry was really sweet and polite and funny. They chatted about what Jesse had done before this job and they ended up talking about a motorcycle museum that Jesse used to work at and Harry was thrilled, so they chatted about that for a little bit.
Then Harry finally went off to do his thing and Jesse never saw him again, but I always thought it was a neat story because it just reiterates what everyone always says about Harry. He’s sweet, funny, very down to earth and easy to talk to. Jesse was impressed with him (and he doesn’t impress easily), and their interaction has been something Jesse and I talk about once in a while. He likes to use it against me, because he’s an ass-hat, but our love of Harry Styles has become one of the many things Jesse and I have in common. He even knows I have a tumblr blog about him and he isn’t disturbed by it at all.
So incredibly happy to have seen Ethan this weekend at PAX. I’m still reeling that I even got to meet him. I wish I had been able to play with him but the people I was with were ready to leave. :( He was so kind and I hope I get to see him next year as well. @crankgameplays
So I got to meet Tyler again tonight after the show. He was such a sweetheart for coming out and taking pictures with everyone! When I went up to him I told him that I printed out all of the FPE papers and passed them out to everyone and he said that he really appreciated it and loved seeing them held up during Goner. So I asked him if he could hold the last sign up in the picture and he said that we should hold it together. The show tonight was INCREDIBLE and I’m so happy right now, I can’t even describe how much I love this band. Happy birthday Tyler |-/ @twentyonepilots@fpeproject