I wear a lot of hats. And I mean that in a figuratively sort of way. When I sat down to write this, I actually stumped myself on who is the real Katy Lee? Did I want to share about my role as wife to my helpful and handsome husband and mother to my three young children? Did I want to talk about how we fostered and adopted one of them and the whole process of that part of my life? Or maybe that I home educate them and love that I learn something new every day along beside them. Then I thought perhaps I should keep this more professional and talk about my joys of working in the church as a Children’s Ministry Director, where I get to share and simplify God’s message with His precious little children on a weekly basis, and also, where I am an inspirational guest speaker, hoping I encourage lots of people to find their God-given voices.
Do you get the picture yet? Can you see me changing my hats all day long? And sometimes I’m wearing them all at the same time. I’ll be honest, though. When I try that, it’s not a pretty picture. But still, that image did not stop me from taking on one…more…hat.
My writer’s hat.
I have always been a closet writer. (See Jamie Pope’s post about that) Secretly writing down the thoughts and stories stuck in my head, whether I jotted them down in spiral-bound notebooks or clacked away on my ancient typewriter, and then later on my laptop. I had an all-encompassing need to get them down on the page. Or I should say pages. Pages upon pages upon pages. But all those pages never left the closet.
Until last year when Melody Mesini started screaming at me that she better not get left in the closet like all those other characters who were still in there. Yes, Melody Mesini is my heroine from Real Virtue. Her story needed to be told to more than just me. Hiding her in the closet would help no one.
So I opened the door to let her out. And I followed her with, yet, another hat.
The Unlocked Secret: With my new hat on, I can say, I am Katy Lee, and I am a writer. But I think I just heard my kids calling. Someone is stumped on finding the area of a parallelogram. So for right now, it’s off with my writer’s hat and on with another.
So, how many hats do you wear? Tell me about them.