Catherine

October 07, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

One Tuesday, while bravely stepping out on Main Street with my gear on my neck, I caught a glimpse of bright eyes and a quick smile. She was adorable yet steely and she made me think of river ice in the spring time; somewhere between fragments and melting. She held my gaze, reminded me that we had met before, and agreed to The Questions.

 

Too slight to be noticed by most, her coat covered the smallest of promises.

Unconsciously, her hand protected, her gaze gestured. The child, with child. A woman, of the women of Town.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The first question, (What beauty do you see in your life?) was met timidly, and then reiterated firmly. “The baby, this baby. And...my boyfriend. Can I say my boyfriend? Is that weird? Those are the things which are beautiful in my life.”

The second question (How do {you think!} others see you?) was strong and edgy and soft all at once. “In this town? The outcast. The troublemaker. I don’t fit in. They see me how they saw me; that rebellious teenager. That’s how they still see me.” Standing near her, with her, I saw no need to cast her Story out. Just a girl-woman in the midst of a new chapter. 

The third question, (What is your role within your story?) was answered with a smirk. “The misunderstood hero” she replied. With my role being observer and documenter, I wrote it, shot it, and reflected more later.

Finally, the third question, What is your byline? {If someone picked up the Book of You, what would the catch phrase, the logline, be?} This was a difficult question and it took Catherine several minutes to wrestle with it. I think, if we’re honest, it takes all of us a significant time/life to wrestle with it…. I wandered off for awhile and returned to her answer, “Catherine, the untold story of a changing life.”

As always, it was an honor to share a few minutes with another woman of Town. Each story is unique. The paths we choose, whether to our blessing or doom, are worth considering. We are all moving within story, and I look forward to capturing more through my lens and heart. 


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