And-- sitting on my couch that morning in my pajamas -- this is what happened to my mind:
The star of Clarissa Explains It All (the coolest show in the entire world when I was 9 years old) held my painting and Anderson Cooper SAID MY FULL NAME and did not butcher it.
They both complimented my artistic skills and proceeded to sniff a portrait that I painted. And all for a good minute or two on national television.
Mind blown. No words. :)