purpleterpsichore asked: Zinnia: Who was your best friend when you were six years old?, Locust: What was your favorite book as a child?, Azalea: What's a movie you cried while watching?
1. Zinnia: Who was your best friend when you were six years old?
The actual timing of things in my childhood is always a little fuzzy to me, but I am going to go with my two best friends from infancy. One of them, Elizabeth, was literally my first friend, as our mothers were buddies and I think in the hospital at the same time? I don’t remember how I got to know the other girl, Samantha, but I am going to assume that it also had something to do with our mothers being friends (possibly a babysitting co-op? It’s a mystery). I was very, very close with both of them when I was really young, but then they both moved away around the same time. We kept up with Elizabeth’s family, as they lived in the same city as my grandparents and we would go on trips with them, but less so with Samantha. I don’t think I had such close friends again until high school, honestly (I’M LOOKING AT YOU AMANDA).
2. Locust: What was your favorite book as a child?
I thought this was going to be a hard question for half a second before I remembered Ella Enchanted. I absolutely adored that book. In fact, I still adore it, and basically trip over myself to recommend it to anyone at Barnes and Noble shopping for a pre-teen girl. I would really like to say that Ella Enchanted “made me the woman I am today” or something to that effect, but I really am not self-aware enough to make that kind of claim. I do think that it had a substantial effect on the kind of books that I consumed afterwards, which either went in the strong-female-character direction (a la Alanna and Arrows of the Queen) or in the more-realistic-depictions-of-fantasy-or-fairy-tale-worlds direction (a la A Song of Ice and Fire a while later).
(As an aside, I have never seen the movie and refuse to, because as much as I do love Anne Hathaway, that is NOT what that story was supposed to look like in my head! *pouts*)
3. Azalea: What’s a movie you cried while watching?
Literally so many. The one I am going to go with is A League of Their Own, which I watched and cried during yesterday. The scene where they are in the dugout before a playoff game, and Betty Spaghetti gets the telegram that her husband has been killed rips my heart out every. single. time. Of course I was an idiot and decided to watch it while I was working in the flux lab with acids and therefore had to take a short break to take off my gloves and wipe my eyes and pull myself together without getting nitric acid everywhere…usually I descend into a puddle of weeping and pillow-clutching for around 5 minutes after that scene, but I like to think that I mostly kept it together this past time.