This is a call-out post to my mom
Listen, outside of being stupidly enthusiastic and loud on the surface, I am a very timid, self-conscious person in real life. I’m embarrassed by liking the things that I do because people in my life regularly remind me that it’s weird to be “so into” things. But my mom has never been that way. When she heard me watching anime for the first time, she said “Oh, that’s cool. It’s like Sailor Moon when you were younger but actually in Japanese!” And left me to it. She walked in my room one day and suddenly there were posters lining my walls and I was at my desk playing with a nendoroid, and she just smiled. She went on a trip and brought me back a shirt that was of a Japanese brand and said “because I know you love Japan now!” When I told her I wanted to learn Japanese she smiled and said “You should do it! Then we can go there some day!” And today I let her know that I’ll be gone next weekend for Anime Expo, which I have only told to one other person because I know I’m going to get crap for it, and she said “That’s awesome, I hope you have fun!” I was so taken aback by her support, so I thanked her and she told me “I think it’s great that you have things you are so passionate about. You make friends and it makes you happy. That’s a good thing.”
Mom, you’ll never read this. But your support means more than you will ever understand. I hope when I have children some day I can be just as enthusiastic and supportive about their interests as you have been to me. Thank you. I love you.