So I’m a very proud mama – sharing my daughter’s recent theater performance as part of the KSU (Kennesaw State University) Tellers troupe. I can’t stop watching, honestly, because everything about her telling draws me in: the expression, the memories, the emotions, the humor–the incredible ability she has to share her own story.
A little bit of background on Ms. Lauren Marie: She was a storyteller from the age of about3, as we videotaped her retelling and improvising tales of Dorothy and Toto and the Big Bad Wolf. She sat in her sweet little nightgown with the purple flowers. Her hair falling into natural ringlets, with the sides pulled back into a clip and bangs to rest on her forehead. Lauren sat up tall in the kitchen chair, hands resting on the arms, feet alternately swinging and eyes looking beyond the camera into her own remembering and imagination as she told her story. Another time when her dad was filming Cliff or Jordan, Lauren repeatedly wanted to know if the camera was back on her yet, even crying when she had to wait too long. Those are movies that will forever play in my heart.
As she grew up, she became very afraid of anything out of the ordinary – the snowmobile’s motor, cutting trees down in the backyard (they might fall on the house or her dad might get hurt), fireworks. She didn’t like any of it. We knew in middle and high school that she needed to be involved in activities of some sort. She loved people and they loved her, but doing something new scared her. Freshman year she tried out for volleyball after a coaxing from her aunt, grandmother and me just outside the gym. She was terrified. So when Lauren says in this video she DID NOT want to try out for softball – there is no exaggeration!
We’ve watched her in the last 5 or 6 years though, as she feels less fearful of life and even takes risks others wouldn’t dare. This performance by Lauren is so true to who she is NOW, to how boldly she approaches her life and how comfortable she is in her own skin. I’m most blessed of all because I get to be the mother of this amazing human being, this woman who embraces herself wholly as she is, who makes so many people laugh when life feels most difficult, and who carries one of the biggest hearts I’ve ever known in her lovely, powerful, petite body.
And when it comes to impersonating her mother, the consensus of many is that ‘she nailed it!’
I love you Lauren Marie…..xoxo