My mother gathered all the young girls in the den (the family room) to talk to them about who they are. About 12 girls from ages 5-14 all sat at her feet and she leaned in to let them know a few things. A few things she said:
“You must look people in the eye when you talk to them.”
“Always speak when you enter a room.”
“Be confident in who you are!”
And this one struck a nerve with me….
“You are loved, you are important, and you are pretty!”
It struck a chord for two reasons. One, my mother always told me this, “You pretty.” So I carried myself like so. Two, what does that (being pretty) mean? What value does that give?
What a topic to explore….Pretty. There are two sides to this coin.
Many worldviews have been more than striking chords with me lately. It won’t let me sleep and its moving me to create…to say something.
The next 30 days of August led to a have important social and historical conversations, many conversations and interviews about pretty, conversations about American history, and a document filming of my hometown where we explore the topic Pretty.
I introduce to you my new project to be released at the top of the year.