The first time I ever got in a car with Micaiah, she put the keys in the ignition, looked at me and said: "Just so you know, I'm a terrible driver. Like, really bad."
It's comments like this that make me label her as "aware." She knows how the world works and she absolutely knows how she fits into it.
She is living at home with her parents, her sister, and her sister's fiancé right now, soaking up the single life and helping them plan their wedding. I was so happy to be able to photograph Micaiah in the house she grew up in. There were hilarious photos of her as a child all over the place. She was so natural in her environment.
Some facts about Micaiah: She has the most fabulous shoe collection I've ever seen...and she's a size 4.5. (The shoes in this post aren't even half of what she owns.) She's a clothes horse, but knows how to buy quality. She has accompanied me to Nordstrom Rack more times than I can count to help my helpless fashion sense. She's super musical...she leads worship at her church where her dad and brother are both pastors.
Though Micaiah is younger than me, she's taught me a lot in the last two years. She has a presence about her...it's confident and knowing. She'll tell you her flaws and in the same breath tell you what she's good at. There is never pride in her words...just facts. I love that about her. She is one of the most likable people I've ever met, but is so comfortable with the fact that not everyone will love her. And that seems like a simple thing, but how many people do you know that just can't handle that fact about the world? I am one of them and I feel like she pushes me in this area.
I think this self-awareness makes her relationships honest, open and efficient. Her commitment to understanding herself and other people enriches her friendships to special point of friendship that is rare in a world as shallow as ours. I love Micaiah to the ends of the earth for giving me such an honest friendship in Denver when I didn't have many friends. The first time we ever spoke, we sheepishly talked about how we didn't have many friends in the area and needed some more. I'm filled with gratitude for her presence in my life and for our our time together to grow in this place.
Ladies and gentleman: the one and only...