“Who’s the most interesting person (or people) you’ve met this year? Today’s twist: Turn your post into a character study.”
I have recently gotten involved with Big Brother Big Sister and part of the process of becoming a big brother is being interviewed by one of their staff. That’s how I met Sheila.
I was waiting on a couch for our appointment, looking at the children drawings and inspirational quotes tagged on the walls of the small office when she came down the hall to get me. Sheila is a big lady. She has a round face full of goodness and a smile that just says ‘talk to me, I’ll listen’.
We sat down at her desk for the interview. Everything in her mannerism, from the way she slid her glasses up her small nose, to how she sat in her chair with a pleasurable sigh, screamed, “I’m good with myself and the world” in the most infectious of ways. We just talked past the two hour mark in no time. Some people are just open books, others make you feel like it’s ok to open up; Sheila is both. She’s comfort in the ‘hug-me and you’ll be home’ kind of way. Even when talking about our relatives who are battling cancer, there was a lightness to our conversation that usually comes from sharing things with close friends.
Sheila is an imposing woman but she carries it like it’s only a means to give better hugs, like she needs that to carry all the caring she has for the world. I met her only briefly and she just couldn’t help passing some of that goodness on to me.