I sit here on my birthday night full of my mom's lasagna and birthday cake. Outside I hear an owl melodically singing his song. "Who Who" he questions? I turn and lean my head out the window, "We'll it's me", I say back to him. He seems to keep asking "Who, Who" again and again? Somewhat wearisome I say, "It's Jennifer Schulten, 42 year old, mother, wife and whatever else you want to throw in the bag." I could show him my Facebook feed or an album full of photos to explain who I am, but instead I sit and and think.
There is a beauty to being 42. I know who I am. I have spent a good number of years trying to figure it out. There's always the who I may become, but I know who I am right now. Who I am can not be found in an iPhone full of selflies. Instead, who I am is reflected in the thousands of photos of the people I feel connected with. Call me a hub for those who need to be seen for whatever the reason. I cherish who I am because I am fortunate to be trusted to witness WHO you are. Who is a heavy question for an owl to ask of someone that just had to come up with some sort of wish as she blew out her birthday candles. Beginning to fall into a cake coma, my eyes begin to get heavy hoping I answered his question. As I drift to sleep, I can't help but think 42 reminds with WHO….let's see what tomorrow brings.
9/14/2013 08:02:59 pm
Jen, "Who" you are is one amazingly wonderful person, friend, mother, wife, photographer and I am blessed to know you. I wish you the B E ST today and always and continue to be that person you are to everyone...capture those moments everyone treasures. Be true to YOU! Happiest of Birthday blessings!
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