Jolene

October 21, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

Tuesdays bring a little thrill. Tuesdays, like most days this season, are packed full with kids and lessons and paperwork and noisenoisenoise, and remembering what I forgot, and driving and thinking and mothering and almost-cleaning, and…more. But then I look and it’s Tuesday! And yes, it brings a smile.

I don’t have the luxury of wandering about every day with my camera. Not yet. So I’ve learned that when I DO, I need to make the most of it and collect a few stories at once. Today’s featured woman stems from a conversation a few weeks ago. I am pleased to introduce Jolene to the series!

I stumbled into Jolene one afternoon at the pharmacy. With stroller overflowing with fruit of life and purchase, she was the picture of checklists, parenthood, and sleep-deprivation. Fortunately for me and the others at the checkout, her overflowing bags and babes didn’t slow her smile, her laughter, or her willingness to be present with others in a moment.

The first question (What beauty do you see in your life?) was, like many beautiful mothering lives here in Town, met with a grinning explanation, “The KIDS!” And honestly, from this photog’s point of view, they were beautiful indeed!

The second question, (How do {you think!} others see you?) Was all laughter and honesty. “Um…most people think I’m super chatty. And way too open!” Given her willingness to chat with me so freely at the checkout, her answer seemed to be a working fit. At the same time, there was no sense of her openness being “way too” open. This womAn shared, freely, without burdening others or lending anything inappropriate. Instead, she permitted herself to live a sharing life.

The third question (What is your role within your story?) was met with a slight pause and skewed eyebrow as she considered. “It depends on the day! One day I’m the martyr. The next, I’m the Queen of the Universe!” It’s possible a quite ‘amen’ breathed through the line at the counter.

Finally, the fourth question, (What is your byline? If someone picked up the Book of You, what would stand out as that summary sentence?). “I think it would be… ‘Jolene: Wanting to love every moment of life’. Life is unpredictable. We really don’t know what’s coming, but it’s so worth it.”

Another woman. Another story in Town.
Where is your unpredictable Story going to lead you today…?


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