Two stories went viral over the weekend that we all NEED to see to be better, happier humans.
First, a local dance class held a "Princess Day," and one little trailblazer came dressed as a hot dog:
Here's my favorite quote from her dance teacher, Sarah Nativi:
Happily Ainsley and her parents are delighted by the attention this story is getting, and she was even invited to open their recital on Saturday in her hot dog costume!
Here's a better pic of Ainsley (on the far left) with her teacher after the recital:
Be sure to head over to BuzzFeed News for the whole account, and lots more awesome pics.
But before you go, here's one more story you're going to want to watch alone, and with a Kleenex handy. It's the story of Emma, just as she receives an American Girl doll with a prosthetic leg that matches her own:
(You can see the mom's original FB post here)
I legit ugly-sobbed for like 5 minutes, you guys. I can't remember the last time I was this inspired to put more goodness like this into the world.
What's more, Emma's doll was modified - FOR FREE - by an actual prosthetics company, A Step Ahead.
From the A Step Ahead website:
Anyone with a child who has had or is facing an amputation is welcome to send us an American Girl doll which we will happily modify with a prosthetic limb (or limbs) to match the child. The prosthetics themselves are entirely designed and fabricated in our prosthetics shop alongside the “real” prosthetics, and are painted by hand in a variety of colors.
And since not everyone can afford an American Girl doll, the company has even set up a foundation to accept donations exclusively for purchasing dolls for children with limb loss.
I don't know about you, but I'm about ready to hug the whole planet now. Even that FB friend who won't stop posting political memes. Even the chair-kicker at the movie theater. Even my whole state of Florida. That's right, bring it in, world. Let's hug this out.
In all seriousness, though, let's carry the spirit of Ainsley and Emma with us this week, you guys. Let's work harder and love more. Let's bring more goodness to the world. In a world full of princesses, let's be the hot dog.
[obligatory Hot Dog Princess reference]