Yesterday was Judy Blume’s 80th birthday.
Judy Blume’s stories were the sort of human stories that we needed as kids, the stories that told us we weren’t alone with our weird thoughts… or we were but maybe we weren’t as weird as we thought we were. For those of us who grew up with the works of Judy Blume, I think we each have a book that hit us harder than others, one story that really spoke to us.
For me, that was It’s Not the End of the World.
My parents were already divorced by the time I was old enough to read It’s Not the End of the World, but that didn’t make it any less profound to read for me. The way Karen thinks about being at her parents houses when they’re separated, the way she deals with thoughts about her own future relationships, and what you feel like your house must look like to other people.
For Judy’s birthday, Amanda Palmer has written this really lovely tribute to the way stories change us, how reading books like the ones Judy wrote make us who we become. The video is full of Amanda’s piano playing, singing and a lot, a lot of people reading Judy Blume books. It’s amazingly sweet.