Meg wrote this article for The Beehive last week and I've been sharing it on the social medias because it's about ME and HOW BEAUTIFUL I AM so how could I resist, etc.
In all seriousness, it's one of the sweetest things anyone has ever written about/to me. Meg writes about the history of our frenimyship-become-friendship and what that has looked like to her during the years in which I came out and started courting* Skylar.
*I hate myself for saying "courting."
Meg likes to tell the story about when she approached me at a craft festival in Salt Lake City four or five years ago and yelled over blaring music that she wanted to collaborate on some projects with me. We had met once before at a storytelling show. I thought she was funny, and was flattered that she seemed to think I was, too.
Meg writes in the article about how we struggled to learn to work together as she became more involved in Strangerville, eventually taking over as cohost when Jolyn entered the Witness Protection Program to get away from me.
One of the most important things I've learned from working with Meg is how important it is for me to be willing to trust people I admire. I'm stubborn. I mean well, and I genuinely love the people in my life, but I struggle very much with change, especially when I feel like it's being thrust upon me.
I don't know why I'm this way. There have been so many experiences in my life where I have learned that other people frequently have ideas I should listen to. Nearly every possible thing Skylar has tried to introduce to me, I have resisted in some way. And 100% of the time, I end up finding out he was completely right.
With time, I learned to release my control a little bit when it came to Meg. Part of this was because I could tell how frustrating my stubbornness was to her, and I didn't want to frustrate Meg because I very much loved her (NOT SEXUAL MOSTLY).
On many occasions I had to force myself to remember that I love literally everything Meg produces so there's no reason to resist her ideas. With time, we became more collaborative in that way--more used to trusting each other--more proud of one another. We became friends. Real friends. This relationship has truly become one of the most valuable relationships I've had. (STILL NOT SEXUAL).
Meg has been involved in Strangerville in some way or another for three or so years now and looking back I can honestly say that our storytelling and community have been exponentially improved because her involvement.
I'm grateful that even stubborn people like me can be stopped from self-sabotage.
With that, please enjoy some Strangerville:
This time in Strangerville, Eli got married. And a woman and her 7-year-old niece recount a babysitting nightmare.
Water Tsunami, by Krishelle McCann & Emrie
Produced by Eli McCann & Meg Walter
~It Just Gets Stranger