Over the weekend I joined in a mini-revolution organized widely Princess Faith (see her follow up here) and Eiolbell along with the fifteen-or-so people they invited as well (among the masses, Vintage Teen) inspired by Operation Beautiful, a mission to post anonymous Post-its with inspiring or loving messages on them in public places and in doing so changing the way you see yourself. Guys, I can't even tell you how much fun this is.
It started out with all of us piling into a fifteen seat-van we stole from church, all of us discussing tactics of posting our notes without being notice, shouting Superchic[k] and Veggie Tales songs at the top of our lungs. Then we dispersed with our groups to cover the mall in love. In my corner was Eiolbell, Vintage Teen's younger sister, and the ever-radiant Rachel The-Bomb-Dot-Com Scheafer. First stop for us was Forever XXI, where we absolutely bombed the place. There wasn't a mirror or dressing room in that place left un-covered, you couldn't turn a corner without seeing a Post-It. Next stop was at Claire's which we covered with relative ease. After that was Khols, which is where we ran into trouble. We were all in general agreement that we should stop by the make-up section, so we swarmed it. I got to work quickly, posting where ever I could. However, after a few I noticed that everyone had scattered. As I lifted my head from a mid-thought Post-it, I noticed a rather disgruntled employee tear down one of the Post-its nearby by. It was then that she looked from the Post-it to me, holding pad and pen in hand, and glared.
"Can I help you?"
Nervous hand gestures and laughter. "Don't mind me, just going about my business, sampling your fine wares. Tell me, do you think peach suits me?"
I made a quick and daring get away, discovering my comrades hiding in the girl's junior's section. Upon my arrival, Eiolbell let out an agitated sigh. "Can you believe that woman? What a marsupial." (Don't ask me about the marsupial part. 0_0)
Well, that concluded our little extradition. We made our way to Cinnabon to meet up with the other groups and share our overwhelming success. (Minus Khols, upon which we all agreed that the woman there needed Jesus.) Our adult chaperon (as most of us were under-aged and it was a church sponsored event) commented on how she went back to Forever XXI and saw girls crowding around the notes we left, smiling. That made my week. Another thing I'll always remember is when someone asked me what my favorite note left was.
"You're overall appearance pleases me. Persist in your efforts."
One friends doubles over in laughter, calling me Sheldon. Another smirks and cocks her head. "So what's that mean in human speak?"
"I like your shoes."
Overall the experience was incredible. I know I say that about a lot of things, but it felt so exhilarating to spread love and maybe make someone smile, no matter the Khols Make- Up Sections of the world. (Now I know that Khols is run by Satan, so there's that.) And, weirdly enough, it felt even better to do it anonymously. Now I'm keeping a pad and a pen in my pocket at all times, ready to write love on a Post-it.
So here's your dare, Monkeys. Do what we did. Go about you're week Posting encouraging Post-its where ever you can. Make someone's day. And when you do, picture your Post-its and send them to me and Caitlin over at Operationbeautiful.com.
And until then....
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Stats Of The Week:
Song: God Is Bigger Then The Boogie Man by Veggie Tales
Book: Operation Beautiful by Caitlin Boyle
Quote: "Imperfection is beauty, madness is genius and it's better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring."
*Post inspired by Micheal S. Den's Calvin and Hobbes Photoshop Collection (Link below picture)
-You don't need to be living to be a great character
-Even a six-year-old can crack a political joke or two
-Always watch your back, you never know when a tiger will be there
-Parents are communists
-Always drop a bait pillow to the floor when needing to pee in the middle of the night, think two steps ahead of the monsters
-Mosquitoes don't have teeth
-Seriously, beware of tigers
-Seriously, beware of monsters
-Two characters can be speaking English and yet still be speaking two completely different languages
-Main characters can be great story tellers
-When fishing, forget the fishing rod and just go for the nearest big rock or small boy
-Best guard the cookies when aliens land in your back yard
-Monsters will shrivel up at the sight of light, Fathers will not
-Imaginary friends are surprisingly witty and sarcastic
-Verse Six: Tigers are nimble and light on their toes, my respect for tigers continually grows...
-Apparently, time does not stop when your watch does
-Parents really are the best sometimes
-Tigers do not appreciate puns like humans do
-Imagination will take you just about anywhere
-Never underestimate the power of a good friendship, whomever it is you share it with
Stats Of The Week
Song: White Page by Tanya Godsey
Book: The Authoritative Calvin and Hobbes By Bill Watterson
Quote: "Animals sometimes make a lot more sense then people do."
~Bill Watterson, The Authoritative Calvin and Hobbes