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How This Book Happened
I have been uncomfortable with touch for most of my life. Even when I was in very difficult situations (divorce, lost love, extended illness), I didn’t reach out to anyone else for physical comfort. It just never occurred to me.
Then, when I was in my 40s, I found myself in the hospital with a scary condition. One afternoon when I was frantic with anxiety, a calm, caring woman held me on her lap for about half an hour, as if I were a child. When I told her that I was ashamed to be held at my age, she said kindly, “Oh, you’re never too big to hold!”
That half-hour changed my life. By the time it was over, I had found a place of deep comfort and security that I didn’t know existed. One of my worst symptoms (nausea) had decreased significantly. And I had completely let go of my belief that being held was only for small children and romantic couples.
After I got out of the hospital, I began asking my friends to hold me when I was anxious or lonely. (I asked mostly women friends, but a few safe men as well). Also, for the first time ever, I was able to hold other people when they were upset, without feeling too scared or awkward.
It seems obvious now, but at the time I felt as if I had discovered fire. (“This is amazing! Adults can do this for each other!”) From my own experience, I knew without a doubt that holding could provide the same comfort and sense of security for adults that it does for children.
It was my desire to communicate this life-transforming (and very simple) idea that led to You’re Never Too Big To Hold.
What Do You Call Those Characters?
When I was drawing them, I didn’t call them anything. I just wanted characters that had no obvious gender or race. Then people began asking me this question, and I figured I had to come up with something. I tried out Baggies and Jellies, but neither seemed quite right. Finally a friend suggested a name that I love: Pillow People!