A few months ago I began a new series of illustrations on my Instagram feed. The series is called That Neighbor Kid. It started as simply a way for me to explore a visual story about a reoccurring character. Since then though, it’s turned into something else entirely.
With each installment I’m trying to tap into those moments from my childhood that for one reason or another clung to my psyche. Not all of it is joyful or endearing, but I think that’s ok. I have children about the age of that neighbor kid now, and they remind me what it’s like to go through those moments for the first time. I had forgotten what it was like to have to make friends at a new school until my daughter went through it in the fall, or how special going to pick out the Christmas tree can be.
I’ve discovered that when I share those moments out with the world, they take other people back to those places too. That’s been really unexpected and rewarding. I’ve heard some fantastic stories from folks so far. I’m so thankful for everyone who has tuned in and is following along with me. It’s the conversations that have helped me understand where That Neighbor Kid should go next. Telling a story as a community makes me happy.