A Follower of Whys
Once we believe in ourselves, we can risk curiosity, wonder, spontaneous delight, or any experience that reveals the human spirit.
e. e. cummings
I listen and focus on the story about a young, married American music teacher shipping herself off to Korea before a major war to teach piano to children. Warm, early summer, rain drops plop on my head and slide with caution down my face. The wind picks up and takes all the papers with my interview questions by the hand away from me and Mrs. McGill, the seventy-two year old teacher who is telling me her life story under the emerald umbrella of a majestic oak. I run after my papers more because I don’t want to litter than because I want to save my questions because the interview much like Ms. McGill’s life does not follow a set path. An hour later, my hair gathered in strings around my face and my blouse matted down, Ms. McGill hugs me, laughs, and thanks me for the interview.
Ever a questioner and a follower of whys, I have finally begun to do what as a little girl I would pretend to do-interview people, find stories, write, create.
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