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Yesterday I had a day where I absolutely love my job, and I felt like I made a difference for someone.

A family came in, the mother was getting a ton of the My Little Ponies, and the daughter (who looked about 15 or 16, I think) was getting just one of the simple white $10 bears. Before getting it stuffed she came up to me and asked if she could get my opinion. She was getting the One Direction "What Makes You Beautiful" sound inside the bear, and getting a white t-shirt to decorate with One Direction stuff. I told her I thought it was a great idea, and that while I wasn't a fan of One Direction, all my bears are named after people I love and am a fan of and I endorse cuddly versions of people they may fan over. The girl seemed really relieved, and I could tell without her even saying anything that she's gotten a lot of crap from her family about loving a band so much.

Luckily when it was time to stuff the bear, I got to do it for her. I told her that its great to love something so much and have something in her life to make her so happy. I showed her the bracelets I was wearing that say Komu, Manaharu, Mally and Amber... 4 people I love most in the world. (Note to self: Make OneKet and ARam bracelets XD.) Even though she didn't know who they were of course, she thought it was really cool. I talked to her about One Direction, and I don't know shit about them but she was so happy to have someone to talk to who was taking an interest and didn't make fun of her or anything. She mentioned how her parents made fun of her a lot and I told that it's okay to be a huge fan of something and to love whatever you want. She had British flags painted on her nails, which was SUPER awesome and I totally want to try, and when I asked her what her favorite One Direction song was, she had trouble answering and it was quite adorable. She said she loved to sing their songs too and asked if she could sing for me, and I was really quite flattered she was comfortable enough to put herself out there like that. She sang a bit of "What Makes You Beautiful" and she was really good! I sincerely thanked her for sharing her love of the band with me. She asked if she could give me a hug and of course I said yes, and I could tell I made her feel good that she is not alone in the world of fangirling.

I came to check on her a bit later, and she was making her birth certificate for the bear and she named it a name squish of all the One Direction guys' names... which made for something I couldn't pronounce XD She was so cute and pleased with herself. After they paid, I happened to be near the registers so she came over and gave me another hug and I told her, "Never stop loving what you love."

This is one reason I absolutely love my job and how I can touch people. We didn't have even remotely the same fandoms, yet we felt that connection for loving something as much as we do. And I'm so glad she could see that even when you're older you can still be an adult and its perfectly okay to be a fan of whatever you want.

My co-worker and I were talking later, and she was saying that after 5 years she was finding herself kinda over the job, but I don't think that'll ever happen to me. I love what I do.
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