Once upon a time on a very good day, I got to meet some of my favorite superheroes. It wasn't expected (hence my casual Star Wars gear, and look of complete shock on my very excited face), and it wasn't my most eloquent moment (if you could have heard my incoherent babbling you'd have laughed your head off!). But it was absolutely everything to me.
I met the Avengers.
Tonight, I'll watch the end of this chapter in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. *cue uncontrollable sobbing* And besides the war chant of I'M NOT READY that's been looping through my head all week, the only thing I can think to say as I head off to Avengers: Endgame is THANK YOU.
Thank you, Marvel, for building a world where family is bigger than what you're born into - it's the tribe you create along your journey.
Thank you, Stan Lee, for showing us that anyone, from anywhere, can change the world for the better.
Thank you, Kevin Feige, for showcasing honor, hope, and kindness in a way that makes kids want to embody those virtues, and share them with the world.
Thank you, Disney, for giving us another reality in which you can become more than what you observe - you can become what you believe.
And thank you, Avengers, for showing us all that love is greater than hate; goodness exists even in the darkest times; and a single shred of hope can be the most powerful force in the universe.
And Thanos . . . well. All I can say is: Please don't break my heart tonight.