It started with a love affair. Not that kind of love affair. He is happily married to Amanda Palmer and they are probably one of my favorite couples ever. Also, he and I have never met. It was a literary love affair that began our friendship. It was the kind that envelopes you with words and stories and it is the best kind of love. He filled my world with adventure and fantasy. His characters taught me how to be brave and he inspired me to make great art. His words provoke the “NOOOOOOOOOOO”‘s and loud plea’s to read “JUST ONE MORE CHAPTER!!!” from my students. He is ridiculous and serous and beautiful and dark and wonderful.
So I tweeted him.
AND HE RESPONDED!
I may have caused a slight scene in the cafe where I was meeting with a friend and the notification appeared on my phone. NEIL GAIMAN, the name that appears in at least 2 books currently on my bedside table alone. NEIL GAIMAN who I adore and love and who I am currently reading to my students!! My co-workers did not all understand, which was fine, because when I told my students the next day, they TOTALLY FLIPPED OUT WITH ME! Because they are the best kind of 10 year old nerds.
And then one of my students had an idea, so I tweeted him again.
AND WITHIN 10 MINUTES HE RESPONDED! That’s just the kind of guy Neil Gaiman is.
What is so cool about this (there are SO many cool parts about this) is that this isn’t just some author. Neil is an author who’s work my students will read for the rest of their lives. They will learn to be brave from Coraline and bask in the silliness of Fortunately, The Milk and as they grow and age, they will continue to explore the worlds he has creates for us. They will have their own love affairs with his characters and stories.
Except I did start to worry that this was too good to be true. So I casually started tweeting directions both to be useful and also as a way of saying, “remember that time you told me you would donate your handwriting to my students and I am totally hoping that you really meant that?” I don’ know why I question the intentions of my best friend, Neil (I’m assuming he and I are now best friends), because he sent this.
And a week later he sent me this. It is unrealistically perfect and is currently in the process of being t-shirtified for the Phoenixes along with an amazing drawing to go with it. Neil is be best kind of best friend.