Day Four of our Courage celebration in honor of the terrific review of the figure courtesy of @nerdnewstoday (link in bio) with a beautiful photo by @mitchelwuphotography
Many years ago, E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial came back into movie theaters for a limited run. We took my older son to see it. He was four or five at the time. Before the movie started, we explained to him that, at some point in the film, it will seem as if E.T. is dead BUT he isn’t really dead. Everything is going to work out fine.
By the end of the film, he was in hysterics. Hysterics beyond anything you’ve ever witnessed in a movie theater. We had traumatized him so horribly that, for years afterward, we joked that we were lucky that Child Services hadn’t come into the theater to take him away.
A few months ago, I watched the HBO Spielberg documentary. I enjoyed it so much that I made my entire family watch it as well.
One of the things that Spielberg talked about was how large a role Fear played in his life as a child. He said, “I was afraid of everything.” This, it seems to me, is the human condition: feeling fearful. The trick is to use powers like Curiosity and Enthusiasm and Exploration and Persistence to mitigate the Fear. The struggle is real. But, with purpose and optimism, satisfaction and joy is always attainable.
This summer, the Metrograph, a retro movie theatre in downtown Manhattan that shows old movies and foreign films, had a showing of E.T. And, so, still obsessing over the Spielberg documentary, we went.
My son is now a college student. He has to navigate life in a strange new land far from home. He has to use all of his powers to find purpose and optimism and, occasionally, “phone home.” This time, I was the one who cried.
Day Three of our Courage celebration. My favorite part of the @nerdnewstoday review (link in bio) is when they “unbox” the Courage figure and geek out over our collector-friendly packaging. We spend just as much time and effort on our package design as we do on our figure design. And it thrills us when someone not just notices it, but loves it as much as we do. Speaking of love, our love for @mitchelwuphotography knows no bounds. He is not just a super artist, he is also a super human, and we are lucky to be able to call him friend. The same goes for Andrea and Matt at Nerd News Today. In fact, the VERY BEST part of our IAmElemental experience, hands down, has been getting to make so many wonderful new friends. It makes me want to shout “thank you!” to the universe.
Day Two of our Courage celebration. One of the things that the @nerdnewstoday review talked about were her fabulous braids and how they appreciated that we designed them so that they would elicit a sense of motion. That feeling is certainly on display in today’s incredible @mitchelwuphotography image! Want to learn more? The link to the Courage review is in our Bio.