Sue had a thing for Jamie Lee Curtis. She respected her, related to her. And the more I learn about Jamie (and myself), I do, too.
It started with this, a magazine spread where Jamie insisted on two pictures: one glammed up and airbrushed, one stripped down and real. It was Jamie’s idea, not her publicist’s or the magazine’s. Sue saved it and made sure to show it to every women in her life. She never missed an opportunity to remind us of the unique beauty we each possess, both in the pretty moments and the gritty, real ones.
Sue recognized a shared optimistic fearlessness with Jamie—and found her, body and soul, truly beautiful because of it.
And then Sue discovered this:
It’s a delightful children’s picture book about what it is to be a kid: the innocence, curiosity, and optimism. Sue lauded those qualities in children and had her own book idea that celebrated just that. She never had a chance to write it, but let me assure you, I am keeping that torch lifted and lit. It’s on “the list.”
Jamie has a whole string of sweet, imaginative titles actually. I consider her one of the most inspiring voices in kids’ publishing today, particularly as someone who shares that aspiration. (You can learn more about her “Books to Grow By” kids’ books in this video.)
It’s fitting that her first book, “When I Was Little,” is about growing up, since Jamie’s become a sort of accidental sage on the subject, not just for kids either.
Her Huffington anti-anti-aging post had me literally applauding by the end of it.
Children’s books are now Jamie’s main focus, rather than acting. In her words:
“I think what’s happening is that the more I like me, the less I want to pretend to be other people.”
So in light of this particularly mindful time of the year, I ask you: What are you most thankful for about yourself at this particular moment in your existence? And what new page do you look forward to in the year to come?