The inspiration for both pieces comes from poems, written by 826CHI students. Please enjoy the full text of DAIRY, by Imaan Y:
I give you permission
Wreck my stomach
So long as I can have the pleasure of pulling apart your
stringy mozzarella sticks
I prefer not to have you in your weakened, limp,
But I will still nurture you and pull you apart with care
I will tentatively bite into the waxy skin of your round, full Brie figure (always temporarily forgetting if it’s edible)
I will resign myself to amazement every time I discover your
simultaneously sweet and salty character
I will drink your calcium-rich nectar, known as “milk” by
common folk, hoping to find my strength in its
You only have one serious flaw that I think you are very
well aware of
You sit in the hands of Jamie Lee Curtis
Telling the world how good you are for digestive systems
Or let Bobby Flay get you to the Greek and use you as a
substitute in cooking
No! I see right through you to your tartness and tang, and I
almost hate you for letting yourself regress to a yogurt form
You’re so much better than that
Don’t let the world manipulate you
You’re cultured enough without bacterial fermentation
Oh, dairy. You always trick me into thinking you’re good for me,
but I end up sick and gassy in the end.
I think you’re worth it.”
Who Wants Love? was written by an 826CHI student while she was in 4th grade and all the designs for the show were inspired by her words:
"Love is a great thing because it’s made out of hearts and beauty and prettiness and handsomeness and awesomeness. And POW!
Loves goes slow. Love is ridiculous. Love is fast like a pony with a wizard costume on and a green mustache. Love is sad. Love is crazy. Love is around the world. Love is a deck of cards. Family Love is happy and cool—boyfriend and girlfriend Love is yuck and nasty.
When it comes to love, a man has to have a job, a good diploma, and has to have an eight-pack. And he has to cook and has to look handsome. He probably has to be in his thirties."
Alison Sustarich, Tiny Bold Creative