As owner of JLM’s Garden, LLC I write life stories for clients and other things too (see categories/contact above). It was after my first client, years ago now, that I came to realize the value of the story within the life. Now I think of it this way: Everyone wants at least one moment on life’s stage to know they matter to a world that doesn’t even know their name.
My current project is the unraveling of five notebooks that must conclude as a cohesive creative non-fiction story of an 1800’s trapper, army scout & pioneer.
No story is a standalone and this one introduced me to a Shoshone woman named Meeteetse. Not unlike Sacagawea—who served as guide to the Lewis and Clark Expedition—Meeteetse also served: in the everyday life of the fur trappers.
As I wrote it struck me that there is a synchronicity that flows throughout the stories of Sacagawea (Circa 1787-1812) and Meeteetse (Circa 1838-1896). Two necessary Shoshone women who helped colonize what would become the United States of America. And who set the stage for other women whose names we shall never know; let alone their story.
Title and first paragraph below from The Agatha Christie Mystery Collection.
“…I sometimes wonder how things would have gone if I’d noticed at the time just that one essential detail that I never appreciated until so many years afterwards. If I had noticed it—well, I suppose the course of three lives would have been entirely altered. Somehow—that’s a very frightening thought.”
It was late at night and I couldn’t get to sleep so I grabbed one of Christie’s books and randomly opened to the page noted in the above paragraph. An irony, don’t you think, of how many ways our life lessons materialize; well at least until we learn them. I’ve assessed singular essential details throughout my years and like Christie writes: “I never appreciated until so many years afterwards.”
It is a frightening thought of how we impact others; with and without our awareness.