August 28th is Quvenzhané Wallis day! It's a big holiday in the Bathtub, but we're not the only ones who love to celebrate her. Here's 11 images of our "King" as she turns 11 years young today. They'll make you want to laugh, cry, and beast it hard, just like our tiny hero herself. Hushbabies. They grow up so fast! (Click on each image to find your way to its source.)
As I stand by the bayou, I watch a ship as she disappears.
There, she is gone.
And we cry for this.
But she's not gone.
She's just as real as when she left me.
And somewhere else, other voices are calling out, "Here she comes!"
And that is dying.
-- Final scene, Beasts of the Southern Wild
Some of you may recognize the above passage from the final scene of the film. We've received all sorts of letters asking what the Bathtubbers are saying. It's actually a derivation on a passage from Midrash found in The Ocean Almanac by Robert Hendrickson.
What images does the passage evoke for you? We'd love to hear from you.
Send us artwork, poetry, photography, or any response you have to the passage -- or to the film itself -- to firstname.lastname@example.org.