Sassy Scorpio Scribes: Real Adventures of Thelma and Louise
I know you’ve heard our story, but for me it never gets old. Six years ago Stephanie and I were partnered up in a now retired group for writers. We were given some writing prompts and sent on our way to learn. It was the first time I had someone to work with, as a soundboard and to receive critique from. And it gave me a chance to practice my own critiquing skills. The chemistry between us was instant. We had so much more in common than writing, but writing would be the foundation of our friendship. I had found my Louise.
The Beginning Of An End
I was growing as a writer and learning what it felt like to connect with another human being. At that time, I was in an abusive marriage and almost completely isolated. I was lost and unhappy and looking for a reason to exist besides my children (whom I adored). Lucky for me my ex-husband knew nothing about computers and the internet so I was able to claim school work as the reason I was always on. The stronger my friendship with Stephanie grew, the stronger I became as an individual. She gave me the confidence to open up to more people, if only online, for a while. Then I met another friend who eventually offered me an escape plan.
Once I arrived in Ohio with my children safely, I took a bit of a hiatus from social media. I was scared of being found and didn’t want to take a chance by talking to anyone for a while. When I slowly worked my way back into the online life I had come to love, she was there waiting for me.
New Beginnings, An Old Friend
Stephanie held my hand as I tripped my way through new beginnings. I’ll admit I was lost for a little bit. I had been with my ex-husband for 15 years, since I was a kid. Over the years, he convinced me I was unable of adulting on my own. Was he right? I was struggling. I was busting my ass. But…I was not failing. And, in the background, there was Stephanie…pulling me back to writing. Over and over again. The patience she had with me was amazing. I revamped myself online a few times. She always helped. Even if she knew I didn’t need it literally, but I needed it.
And then I tripped one last time. Right into the arms of Mr. Right. Oh, it wasn’t easy, I won’t lie. In fact, it was terrifyingly hard. Lucky for me, I had a fantastic friend in my corner. She virtually held my hand through the rough days and rejoiced with me on the great ones. And then….
Two Became One and One Drove 500 Miles
In the summer of 2014, two of the most wonderful things happened. I became Mrs. Shawn Mabry and Stephanie drove over 500 miles to be in our wedding party! That was the first time we got to meet face to face! It made my wedding day a million times better just having her there. Not just having her there, but being important enough that she made that trip for me!
We spent our honeymoon night curled up on the couch chatting away, Stephanie, Shawn, and I. I wouldn’t have wanted it any other way.
Stephanie is my constant daily companion and she embodies the term “friend.”
A Shoulder to Lean On
It only takes a one-word message for Stephanie to know I’m having a bad day. When my depression hits hardest and I withdraw from the world, she stays there in my inbox. Quietly just being. No questions. No placating. Just, “I’m here.” When we lost my husband’s Dad last month, I didn’t even have to ask. She came. And he timing wasn’t perfectly, arriving exactly when we needed her the most. Again, she told me, without saying it, that I was important enough to drive over 500 miles.
Losing Dad was hard. One of the hardest things I have been through (and that is saying a lot), but having Stephanie here with us helped tremendously. Sometimes, that is all we need. Just someone to be there. No questions, no advice, no entertaining. Just be.
When we started OWS it was that connection between us that was the motivator. We want to give to the writing community what we found in each other. Writing can be an isolating career. Connecting with other writers is fulfilling in a completely different way than it is with our readers. Many of us thrive on this sense of community and we hope that you find what you need here.
Until next time, scribe happy and stay sassy,