Jocelyn

November 11, 2014  •  1 Comment

Throughout this series, I am connecting with women I have never met, as well as deepening connections with those whom I have already discovered in this unique community. How do I choose those I interview and shoot? How do I know who to post? To be honest, there’s no set system. Essentially, I am learning to bring my camera wherever I go. Depending on how many little bodies need my attention in the moment, I might leave the lens cap on or, if time and tempers allow, introduce the idea and go from there.

 

This particular gorgeous soul is someone known through various roles in Town. She’s mom and wife and minister. She’s that one who somehow always manages to get a meal to that family with the newborn, while still tackling her paperwork, schooling her kiddos, and looking naturally fabulous with her briar of hair and her all-encompassing smile. She is more gracious to others than to herself, and consistently brings a positive spin to all shadows of situations and people.

 

Meet Jocelyn.

 

 

 

 

 

I skipped by Jocelyn’s kitchen awhile back. Personally, I live between being hermitage and hospitality, so random moments of contact work well  for me. I happened to have my camera. She happened to be folding laundry, serving snacks, cleaning her kitchen, prepping lunch, conquering the world …etc! I couldn’t resist.

She answered the first question in her rambling smiling manner {What beauty do you see in your life?}. “These little guys!” she replied as she gestured to the one in the swing  and the other on the table and the others running down the stairs. “Oh, and NOT in my house! It’s the people, definitely the people, and how we’re all interconnected.”

 

 

Jocelyn’s answer to the second question {How do you THINK other people see you?}  surprised me, at first. “They think I’m stronger than I am. Or…more together than I am. Or…something. But I’m not.”

The third question {What is your role in your story?} made me laugh! “I’m the older sister! Wait, or is it the mother hen? Really” she paused with a tilt to her head, “I have an overactive sense of responsibility.”

   

Finally, the fourth question she…left unanswered! As I went to press ‘publish’ on the post today, I realized she hadn’t settled on that one sentence summary, her byline, the statement of the story of her. When I tracked her down she finally responded with, “Jocelyn, Blessed to be a blessing but...that’s kind of cheesy!I don’t know….how do I sum it up? I know what I do matters but I don’t have delusions of grandeur that I’m changing the world just by feeding my family. But, I know that feeding my family matters.  The thing is, I’ve been given a lot so I have a responsibility to give from that, a responsibility to pass it on.”

 

Another woman, a glimpse into the story. Normal and layered and nothing much but everything. 

 

 


Comments

1.Melinda Karlson(non-registered)
I can hear Jocelyn's voice and feel her presence through the words you write. Thanks for such a well written story of a treasured friend. The words she spoke, are words that I have heard and have been so blessed to have a friend like Jocelyn. Everyone needs a Jocelyn in their life. I only I lived closer to both of you.
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