John Hughes, my FAVORITE writer/director, passed away yesterday. I pretty much ran straight to the movie cabinet, pulled out Pretty In Pink and smiled at my husband.
You know the, its your turn to bathe the kids while I sit on the couch and travel back to my childhood, smiles. (It's actually the first time I've ever done that but I think he just knew...its an 80's thing.) I LOVE LOVE LOVE John Hughes movies. They did such a great job of making me feel "ok" with the awkward parts of me that I was so uncomfortable with when I was young. The same "awkward" things that I celebrate about myself today. They make me, ME!
Anyway, I read this moving blog post and thought it was THE best tribute to an amazingly talented man.
We have all had someone in our lives that really changed us. Who we were as a person. Making us believe in parts of ourselves that we never dared to believe in before. I had a coach like that in high school. Simple little morning chats with him changed my entire perception of myself. He made me realize that I was so many fabulous things that I didn't know it was ok to be and that who I was mattered. I honestly don't think that I thought that I mattered until he made me realize that I did. There wasn't one particular thing that he said. It was just his taking the time to really listen to me and to ask me what I thought. He made me THINK not just about History but about life and about myself. Such a simple and basic step that changed my entire youthful world. Thanks Coach Shea, for being my "John Hughes."