This session was weeks in the making!
After originally scheduling a session early on during my Florida trip, Kristie cancelled because she was sick. She didn’t know if it was contagious and thankfully, didn’t want to share it. From that point on, it was trying to find a day and time that would work for me, her, her son, and her mom (who is a toddler-wrangler in the making!). Luckily, my trip was extended by a few days, and we managed to work our scheduling conflicts out.
I have known Kristie for years. We went to high school together, but it wasn’t until we began working at the county library together ’til we actually interacted. We were hired around the same time, and she was so quiet that many of our co-workers didn’t know what to think. When I first started, I wasn’t interested in getting to know too many people, but after three months…well, they knew me. Here’s what they found out: Me = loud-mouthed, silly, funny, running around being crazy, laughing, going from hardly working to working hard (all in the same hour). After three months of working with Kristie, here’s what we found out: Her name was Kristie. Seriously, she was that quiet.
Of course I made it my mission to get to know her. After all, we did go to high school together, and even though she remembers me far more than I remember her, it’s only proper to be friends with coworkers who have to share the same daily miserable fate as you (in case you were wondering what that is for a library-person: “reading” the shelves. In the children’s department, no less.).
Unfortunately for Kristie, I yanked her right out of her shell. (I can be persuasive…and persistent.) And for the next couple of years, we endured our share of weirdos and crazies – both friends, boyfriends, customers, and supervisors alike. Over time, we moved (mostly in opposite directions) to new apartments, new homes. Always keeping in touch. And then came kids.
Her son, Kaleb, is a lot like his mom: quiet, smart. Oh, and terribly cute. Hearing him try to say “supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” (he did quite well, by the way) is meltingly adorable.
On the day of our session, southern Georgia had a huge wildfire…the effects of which were felt even in Florida. The sun was bright orange from all the smoky haze, but on the waterfront, the air was almost perfectly breathable. The only persistent problem was the millions of ants trying to love up on Kaleb – children ARE the sweetest, you know! Yet Kristie and Kaleb toughed it out, since no one wanted to reschedule again. I think it was worth it because they were just too cute in all the pictures!