My grandmother had six kids - one died as an infant - and she was dirt-poor and all her kids got an education. And my mom grew up poor. And they both worked so hard and cultivated so much of their own happiness. I wanted to have that like an amulet. Not like armor but like a magic feather. Like Dumbo's magic feather.
It absolutely helped - to write the father in both 'Juicy' and 'Beasts ' I had to see the whole story from his point of view. All of a sudden I understood more of what my own father must be going through - the fear the frustration the anger... the hope that he'll leave a legacy.
To me I'm just a regular person going to the mall with friends and now I'm in Forever 21 and I see this random group of girls staring at me and taking pictures. But now I usually have my dad who is a really tall and intimidating person with me so he's kind of my bodyguard.
Everyone gets surprised because neither one of my parents play golf. Like I said in my speech my aunt and uncle really love golf and we visited them and she gave me two clubs. Like people think when they don't know who my dad is they think he's my coach.
I have mostly been terrified of listening to scary stories around a campfire. We camp a lot as a family and at night my dad would try and tell us scary stories. This made eating s'mores difficult. The story would start with something like... 'and the old man who lived in these woods...' I would then run back into the camper terrified.