Before I begin, Batman wanted me to tell you quick that he has a new girlfriend. Housemate Narisa named her Sock Monquette. Batman fell for her hard the moment he saw her. I made her at a sock monkey making party last week, hosted here by Tabitha, who, I learned, is an amazing teacher, because I literally didn’t know how to thread a needle when we started. And by the end, I’d managed to make the love of Batman’s life.
Now to business.
Today we played our way into a work meeting.
Not Batman, Sock Monquette, and I–I’m not that crazy yet. No, my friend and creative partner Bas de Baar and I played our way into work. I’ve noticed recently that all my favorite collective ideas–those that we actually follow through on and try out and experiment with and do and finish and celebrate–are those we stumbled upon while just messing around, while playing, not planning. And since today we happened to be on Facebook when this happened, lucky me, I can easily show you.
Important to me: The following conversation began and ended—as many deeply important human conversations do—with cats in costumes. But the idea that came from it, for us, is gold. And I learned again not to fear lightheartedness, and frivolity, and silly cats in costumes, and Facebook, and dear friends bearing apparently “time-wasting” gifts. I learned that they are all here for good purpose when we’re open to it. Please feel free to learn something else entirely or nothing at all from this. Teaching others isn’t my business. Learning is…