Ami

October 14, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

The other day, as I was wandering Main and approaching strangers with my camera, I decided to stop by at my favorite pharmacy. This shop, with the crisp new building, wall of windows, and blend of chemical and natural solutions, is my secret “hm…I could do a studio session in this light!” kind of place. What’s more, the owner and director (director? The main man, the wise one…) is rather fabulous. Always ready to offer a foundational solution towards long-term wellness, he is a wealth of knowledge and experience.

 

This particular afternoon, I wasn’t seeking pharmaceutical advice. Instead, I was chatting up the women at the counter, behind the till, and by the windows. And then I glimpsed that she was here, down the aisle, another treasure of Town—Ami.

I first met Ami years ago when I overheard her offering informed yet naturally focused direction to a customer. I was struck by her quiet strength and her vast knowledge, and I tucked it away for future reference. Over the years, I would seek out her opinion. What about this supplement? This spray? This brand or the other? Never pressuring, always informative, Ami was quietly and consistently available.

This afternoon was no different. Working and serving behind the counter, she was aware of the various lives walking in and out of the shop. When I sought her out, she was quiet, shy(?), but intrigued. She listed to my questions with thoughtful attention and then, in keeping with her work hours and service, asked if she might respond later, on her own time.

And she did.

 

To the first question, Ami replied, “When I think of beauty, I can't help but be grateful for the practical creativity God has blessed me with.” How fitting! From the little I know of Ami I have gleaned both her practicality and her creativity. The fact that she receives these as beautiful allows her to share them freely with those she meets.

For the second question (How do {you think} others see you), her response stated, “That's a hard question.  I can only imagine or guess...     I think others might see me as 'responsible/dependable'.”
(What do you think ‘others’? Are we communicating beauty back? What are we thinking of the women we meet? Why do we think it matters, if it is anything other than a gift?)

 

The third question (What is your role within your story) included,
“A Mentor... I influence behind the scenes.” There is a rhythm and quiet presence to that answer and purpose; a quiet presence, a steady work.

Finally, the last question, (What is your byline, the title in the ‘book of you’). In keeping with her ‘others focused’ rhythm, she replied, “Ami, In The Creator's Service”.

 

 

It was a privilege to share those few minutes with this woman of Town and to receive her answers to the questions. I was reminded just how rich this community is with its varied expressions of professionals and personalities. Each interaction, every moment, we are invited to engage with another story, another life in motion. 


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