If you are anything like me, being excited is not good for you. I am sure many people can keep their excitement to a reasonable level, but I am not one of them. When it comes to excitement, I either feel nothing, or I am 10/10 on the excitement scale, and slowly exhaling into a paper bag.
There weren't paper bags in the bus to meet Brian Selznick. But there were lovely clouds outside the window. I hoped this was the universe's sign that I would not need a paper bag. Or, I would find a very nice paper bag in Milwaukee, the sturdy kind that can hold hoagie sandwiches.
I was first introduced to Brian Selznick's drawings by my grade school librarian. She knew I loved to draw, and I did not take art lessons. I remember one day I came into the library and she told me she had a surprise waiting for me. I was confused, but when I opened the book, I saw it was called The Invention of Hugo Cabret. You can imagine my surprise, and my joy.
Here's what I saw:
From that moment on, I had a new art teacher. His name was Brian Selznick. My art teacher named Brian Selznick did not even know he had an art student, but it still worked all the same. I would look at his drawings for hours. I tried to recreate eyes, poses, hands, landscapes. His art taught me how to draw. After my aunt passed, he became the art teacher I so desperately needed.
He also became a voice that told me it was okay to be different. It was okay to make your own family.
When I met Brian Selznick, he came up to me and said, "Hi, I'm Brian."
I think I just stared at him and said, "I know...."
*Forty seconds later, my brain began to work, and we ended up having a lovely conversation. Our heroes are just people, after all. It was just a wonderful feeling to know my hero was a good person in real life.
|Photo credit: @MrSchuReads--I stole this from you!|
Well, there's extraordinary people and life experiences waiting for me.
And for you, too.
Thank you, Brian Selznick,
P.S. Special thanks to Mr. Schu (@MrSchuReads) and Scholastic for this opportunity.
*Approximately; could have been longer. Real-time does not exist on the 10/10 excitement scale. Ex: Youtube search "sloth lady on the Ellen Degeneres show."