This story is for Esther or Chloe or Faye.
This tale is for Oliver or Jasper or Mark.
I have never met you, yet I live for you, my children.
I live in retrospect, crafting the stories I will one day tell you,
that you will one day weave into your personal narrative.
Will this story of mine be one you repeat with pleasure or shame?
Will you whisper it to your children when I’m gone or have forgotten?
Or will it grow dusty like a faded album in the dingy attic of memory?
I journal, making meticulous notes for an imaginary memoir.
I collect sensations like ticket stubs and pressed petals.
Every detail is preserved for these time capsule stories.
I am still sketching out the protagonist for this story,
hoping she’s embarked on nothing less than a Hero’s Journey.
Am I living with courage and faithfulness and compassion?
Or do I wait, paralyzed, for some other hero to come along?
May you build on your mother’s wisdom as I have built on mine.
I look for adventure – may my story be a page-turner.
I look for romance – I miss a man I have yet to meet.
I look for drama – tales of risk and sacrifice and humility.
I live that you, my son, may learn to love women who walk boldly.
I live that you, my daughter, may learn that confidence is gorgeous.
I live that you, my children, will know that I too am full
of soaring ambitions, fragile desires and crippling insecurities.
I live for you, that you may tell a better story than my own.
Living in Austin is pretty fun I guess. I recently had the privilege of attending Austin Film Festival with some of my new film buddies! You can read more about my experience over at The Process.
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This past weekend, I competed in an event here in Austin called Create for the Kingdom. It’s a weekend-long hackathon and film challenge geared towards Christians wanting to use their talents for good. Apps and films were created to change hearts and solve problems relating to foster care, human trafficking and persecuted Christians, to name a few.
The Team: Lauren Quigley, me, and Brandon Reich
The task my team tackled was to create a Christian resource for the deaf community. The fourth largest unreached people group, the deaf have a great need for the message of the Gospel in a form they can understand. So we set out to create a purely visual retelling of the prodigal son story as a way of demonstrating God’s grace, love and forgiveness. It was a huge challenge, but great experience in visual storytelling. We wrote, shot and edited the film all in one weekend starting late Friday night and submitting it by 1:30 p.m. on Sunday. Our actresses were incredible as well, dropping everything to film with us when we called them out of the blue on a Saturday morning.
This was the first time the event had included a film category, so there were only a few other teams, but it was still an honor to win the prize for Best Runner-Up! We even won a giant check! Speaking of checks, check out our film below!
As I mentioned in a recent post, it’s one of my dreams to tell stories that resonate with Third Culture Kids. Turns out, there’s someone working on a similar dream in the form of an online publishing house. Gate37 aims to publish content created for and by Third Culture Kids, giving them a place online where they can truly belong. Intrigued, I reached out to founder Nasri Atallah and sent him the link to my short film inspired by the TCK experience. In the end, he agreed to feature it, along with an interview with me about how culture influences my creative process. It’s so exciting to meet people with such a similar vision, even though they are miles away! Anyway, check out my interview and the rest of the site by clicking the image below.