We met Nao
Jane and I met Nao on Friday, through the wonders of video chat. She was wearing a gray sweater, a red and white scarf, and a black hat with a rose pinned on. And she’s nice, guys. She’s nice!
Nao has some ideas for us. When she comes in March, she’s thinking of setting up a “comfort station,” a place where people can come to release their worries, and we will cure them—financial, physical, emotional, work-related, anything. She’s thinking of having comforting hot water bottles that we would strap onto the place of ailment, or felt insignia in different shapes to act as metaphorical band-aids. For people with a broken heart, for example, we could fasten a new red felt one over the left side of their chest.
So, calling out to all people who sew at Haverford: we need you. If you can sew, please, comment on the blog or let me or Jane know.
To be honest, Jane and I were a little surprised by Nao’s project. We were expecting something, well, meaner. We tend to think of Nao as challenging the viewers, forcing them to recognize (but then overcome) their hypocrisies. Here, she is doing the opposite: she is making them comfortable. Still, in order to soothe their ailments people must first face them. Nao is still pushing people to confront their fears and worries, but she is trying to make them better.