I met Mary last summer while she was watering the grass outside of Redeemer Presbyterian. I was in the market for some models for my Senior Pix project. It didn't take long for me to realize that not only was Mary an incredible person, but she has a fiercely loving and progressive personality.
As the head of hospitality at her church, she has mastered the art of making people feel welcomed and at home. I got to do a photo shoot with her and it was an absolute blast. She loved every minute of it. She told me that she googled the phrase "Southern Comfort" and didn't understand why photos of rappers kept coming up. Since we met, we've spent a lot of time together talking about life and mainly she just teaches me really incredibly valuable life lessons. One day she even told me "You don't need to be like everyone else, you don't WANT to be like everyone else, so just get over your fears."
A few weeks ago I went over for brunch and didn't end up leaving until 6pm. As we talked she showed me every piece of her real silver flatware and taught me what all the pieces were used for (you know I have no idea) and showed me her fine china collection and explained what each piece was and where it came from. We decided to hit up some antique shops to look around. As I was checking out different pieces of art, she told me, "Make sure that you tell me what you see that's beautiful so I can appreciate it too."