Michelle was my fumbling, sweaty-palmed, first step in this series. She graciously answered the questions while I (not so graciously) scribbled notes and snagged some images. Michelle is a shop keeper. Better stated, Michelle is THE shop keeper. Ask anyone where to go in Town and, of course, it's Her Shop. You can feel the freedom and the warmth and the exhale within that space and purpose.You can understand that, sometimes, we find 'the' page.
Michelle is the one with whom we linger at the counter. The one who catches that expression, observes without commentary, and is willing to hear.
Her response to the first question ("What beauty do you see in your life?" was answered with laughter. “It sounds funny but…my cat! But beyond that, being here in this town, especially after living in the city. This is beautiful. And people, good people.”
When considering the second question ("How do you think others see you?"), I was struck by Michelle’s honesty. Like me, she identifies as an introvert. Yet, people see her as "friendly, even social" (“Which clearly I am not!” she added).
The third question, "What is your role in your story?" was answered as "Helper". I can’t help but kind of love that.
For the last question, "What is your byline, the 'catch phrase' of your story?" Michelle's (off camera) commentator answered. “Shopkeeper extraordinaire!
“But I’m really kind of boring…” Michelle responded.
“No! You’re very witty!” the other concluded.
And so there we go, Michelle, the very witty shopkeeper extraordinaire. One woman, living here in Town, embracing her Story.