Two words that provoke a thought, a memory in everyone- the time your cut healed because of that Hello Kitty bandaid; the obsession your crazy ex had of her; the plush slippers you stole from your roommate; mending a broken friendship with a Hello Kitty bracelet; or how you have to avoid walking in the path of a Sanrio store to refrain from maxing out your credit card, again.
The thing is, she is more than a global phenomenon. Her impact spans through nearly 40 decades, influencing us at a young age and well into adulthood. She’s the first friend I had even before my first day of school. The friend who broke the ice between two strangers to help form a relationship. She has grown with me from her appearances on my pencil cases to the makeup I use now. She’s the muse and inspiration to so many well known and local artists.
But what I love most about her is her ability to produce a smile without having one. There’s no purpose in having Hello Kitty mochi or Hello Kitty dustpans if it wasn’t created with the thought of someone’s smile in mind. What this contest has shown me is the effect Hello Kitty has on people experiencing hardships- depression, divorces, breakups, loss of a loved one, etc. It’s ridiculous to think that a cartoon character has this impression, but it’s simple to understand. Nostalgia- “the sentimental yearning for the happiness of a former time or place.” Hello Kitty brings us back to when the presence of a furry stuffed animal soothed our bad dreams. She creates solace and joy. This is why giving and receiving a Hello Kitty present doesn’t have to come with a reason. The existence of Sanrio and it’s characters has been a gift to our culture.
I have no shame in not wanting to grow up. So much so, that this week I struggled trying to piece an outfit for Hello Kitty Con -if I won this contest. Struggled to the point that my boyfriend chose to give me my birthday present a week and a half early. My inner 8 year old child was paralyzed in joy. See, I had a dress and top picked out, but my outfits lacked that extra ‘shazam’. I told my boyfriend my dilemma and next thing I know, I have my dreams shoes in my hand. I’ve wanted them for so long, but never believed I’d actually get them. Best part, they complete my outfits perfectly- keeping sophistication while embodying the child in me. I am so fortunate and grateful for this gift. Thank you so much @xtarkmayo 😘
" Guess what? David Burtka and I got married over the weekend. In Italy. Yup, we put the ‘n’ and ‘d’ in ‘husband.’ " x
Happy 21st to the one who gives me superkiliggoosebumpsbutterfliesdownmyspine, my man crush ERRDAY, my best friend, and my better half. No words can describe how truly amazing you are! God has definitely graced and blessed you over the years. I hope you enjoy your birthday today, Clyde! 🍌💋🍰🎉 (at party party turnip! 🎉)