Who am I?? This is a question all of us ask ourselves at one point or another. Often times we ask it more than once throughout our lives. You find yourself standing in front a mirror either before the day begins, or right as it ends and you ask yourself “Who am I?” Can you recall asking yourself this question? Perhaps you even turn to your partner and pose the question to them, curious of what they might say. Are you a mother? A daughter? A father? A husband, or a wife? A baker? Or even a candlestick maker?? Who are you? If were sitting waiting for a train, or a plane and someone asked you that, how would you respond? I’ve found myself thinking about that very thought, what would I say about myself? I started pondering this a few weeks ago when I had to take a flight out of town and I was observing a mother with her small child walking around the terminal. As I watched her follow after her young daughter of 18months (I asked her age) I thought to myself
I started pondering this a few weeks ago when I had to take a flight out of town, and I was observing a mother with her small child walking around the terminal. As I watched her follow after her young daughter of 18months (I asked her age) I thought to myself. Anyone who looks at this woman knows she’s a mother, and they will glean that her child is the light of life. She would do anything for that little girl who is striding ahead of her. But what else does anyone know about her? For that matter, what would anyone deduce about me? I’m alone, all I have with me is a small bag, a cup of coffee and my nose stuck in a book.
Now, I am not one to care what others think about me. I know that I have a strong personality, and I am not everyone’s cup of tea. Still, I pondered, would anyone look at me and know that I am a mother of a small child? Would they be able to tell that while I am enjoying this moment of quiet and peace, inside, I am missing him terribly?
It made me think… How would I define who I am? How do YOU define yourself? When we meet strangers we all have a spiel that we give about ourselves, what we do for work, our pets etc. But what would I say to a total stranger that would sum me up, also while being brief?
Here is what I came up with….
My name is Carmela. I am an author and illustrator of children’s books, that I hope will both entertain and enlighten children. I’m also a professional photographer of 10years, and I love to capture city life photography. I’m religious, I am very active in my religion. I feel that God and family are the two most important things in life. I’m a mother to a beautiful hamalicious 15-month-old boy (like my word to describe my little camera ham. Hamalicious, my pal Irma came up with that one!). I am the wife to my best friend who has always supported me and encouraged me even when I had no clue what I was doing. I try to enjoy the little things in life, that’s what I find brings the most pleasure. Oh, and I have four cats!! Yes, four cats…
So there you have it, me in a nutshell. What about you? Who are YOU?