I want to be known as the person who dances in Movie theaters. If someone says, “you know Sarah, right?” and the other person stares blankly I hope the next words uttered are, “you know, the mom who always dances in movie theaters with her kids?” If a blank stare lingers, please let the next phrase be, “you know, the woman whose laugh sounds like a broken bicycle horn, like a hyperventilating seal?”
Everyone has fantastic character-defining quirks. I wish to be known for always encouraging acting silly when your soul craves it, like doing the robot in movie theaters if the credit-rolling music calls for it. I wish to be known for laughing loud and often with a raucous laugh that makes others laugh with the absurdity of its sound.
My most favorite overheard answers to the question, “you know Sarah, right?” have been:
- At church: she’s the one whose kids are always polite but their clothes never match.
- At Twinkle’s school: she’s the one who always says “thank you for making good choices” out loud to her kids.
- At my work: you know, person in grants who is a lot more approachable than she looks.
It’s interesting which parts of yourself people notice, and assume other people do as well. Do you have any you wish to be known for most?