Sherri

October 28, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

One of the perks of this series is that it moves me outside of my own story and into the community. At this point, I have a few interviews tucked away for the coming weeks, while still stepping out regularly to connect with more women and cultivate the energy and rhythm of the project. It's always a treat!

This week, my camera found its way into a local business of Town. It’s the favored shop for some, the secret stop for just as many. With sparkling glass bottles and seasonal décor, there is always something new to discover.

That particular afternoon, I asked Sherri (the manager and main face of the store) if she would be willing to participate. She enthusiastically  agreed!

Sherri met every question with sparkle. She was so open and hospitable, it felt like our conversation was taking place around her kitchen table, not her till. The first, question {What beauty do you see in your life?} was answered with, “My niece, Bella. She’s so happy, every morning. She sparks my day, every day. She is the beauty! Taking her to school is the highlight of my day.”

The second question {How do you think others see you?} made me laugh! “Mean! Mean…? Maybe mean! I always aim to be pleasant and uplifting, but I think others might actually be scare of me. The thing is, I’m very black and white. I hate grey areas!” I responded that, standing in her space and digging into her time, I had yet to perceive her as mean. Actually, I was thoroughly enjoying my visit! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The third question {What is your role in your story} came with the benefit of background story outlining her years dedicated on the oilfield leading to her invitation to take over her boss’s shop fifteen years ago. What a journey! As far as her role, now? “Caregiver. And…survivor. I take care of a lot of people. Friends…family. I am also available to help the underdog.” 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Finally, the last question {What is your byline? What is that catch phrase in the book-of-you?}. It took some time as she wrestled with the array of experiences, words, and thoughts within and towards her life. When I refused to state it for her she exclaimed, “Sherri—when the going gets tough, the tough get going.”

I thoroughly enjoyed my brief visit over at the shop of bottles and stories. What a gift to connect with the person behind the barred door and to see the story in her store. 


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