you get what you give

i started writing this post and had six or seven paragraphs down before i realized i was burying the lede. 

sometimes interviewing people for the articles i was assigned to write while working at the newspaper, sometimes those people intimidated me. the more beautiful they were, the less comfortable i felt in their presence.
one of those people was an artist, a painter from mexico who provided the art for the office building her husband owned. i’m in jeans and my docs and probably a polo, and i’m sure my hair was tied back in a pony tail. i doubt i had put make up on. the usual m.o. for me. this woman, who was at least a head shorter than me, had long, flowing brown hair, gorgeous skin and eyes and smile. she knew how to dress. she knew how to be a woman, in every sense of the word. i was intimidated by her, but i managed to get through the interview alright.
so imagine my surprise, after my having sent her a note a few weeks ago letting her know how much i’d enjoyed meeting her (because i did… i always love talking art with people), how much i admired her talents and skills. imagine how pleased i was to get a note from her. a note that included the following:
i feel so blessed that we met. let me tell you, the day of the interview, my nerves were killing me. hahahah! but you made me feel so comfortable that suddenly i started to talk to you as if i knew you for years. you are such a sweet, kind, smart and wonderful human being.

i’m a little weepy reading that. and i’ve read it at least a half a dozen times today. 

7 responses to “you get what you give”

  1. Oh I appreciate you sharing this – I'm also a writer and I interview a lot of folks for stories and I feel the same way you did on many many occasions. Thinking my Birks were too casual or I had my questions all out of order. I love her response… we're all human. Nice to meet you!

  2. What a BEAUTIFUL note that is <3 Isn't it funny, how differently we can read a situation from someone else experiencing the very same thing? What a wonderful letter of encouragement that is and should show you that you 1) clearly do a great job and 2) have a calming presence and 3) are leaving just as much of an impact as your interviewees leave on you!

    Thanks for sharing this <3

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