I wanna share something that happened to me at my job at the cinema today, when I was dressed up as Elsa from Frozen for Children’s Day.
I was standing outside one of the theaters, which had just finished showing a movie and people were leaving. All of a sudden a woman came up to me, and she was holding a small girl by her hand, she might have been around two years old. The mom told me that her daughter had seen me and my friends earlier outside the theater and had wanted to come up to me and ask for a hug, but had been too shy to ask. So she had been anxious during the entire film and had asked her mom that she wanted to leave the film to look for me (!). So she had been really happy to see me in the hall now after the movie. “Of course you can have a hug!” I said and went down on my knees, and she threw herself in my arms. Literally. And then she stayed there. She didn’t show any sign of wanting to let go, and when I carefully shifted she only held me tighter. So we stood there on the floor, for surely around half a minute. It might not sound as a long time, but it felt like it. And then I recalled this photo. I had seen it before and it just popped into my head when the girl didn’t want to let go of me.
And it made me so happy to know that I - as a cosplayer - was able to give this little girl a moment of security or happiness or whatever the reason was why she didn’t want to let go of me. It made me realize how much this hobby of ours can give to others, especially children.
So I ask you all cosplayers out there; please make sure you treasure this power that we actually hold as cosplayers, and share it and make the best out of it! There is so much we can give! <3