SeattleAntiFreeze: Katherine

SEATTLE — I'm not going to lie. Katherine can be crotchety.

When she was running late and I tried to usher her into my car to get to her doctor's appointment, she brushed me off and told me to "just worry about the car!"

We didn't get off on the best foot. And we were stuck together for a couple hours. But by the end of it, I was thankful.

Yes, she was late. Yes, we had to wait longer to see her doc. But, yes, all I needed to worry about was the car. Because during our drive and our morning at the doctor's office, I got to spend more time hearing about her life: her kids, her career as a legal secretary, her years watching Seattle get bigger and busier.

A lot of her family has moved to other states, chasing bluer skies. Katherine's stayed put.
"Does the grey ever get you a little depressed?" I asked.

"I lived through the Depression. That's depressed!" Katherine clarified. Yes, she's earned her right to be crotchety.

But, she indulged my nosiness into her life's story, and we had a few laughs and a good time.
When I dropped her off, I asked if I could take a picture of her.
She tried to brush me off again. "Why do you want to worry about that?"
I told her the truth - I thought it was going to be a rough day, given our start. But I felt like I'd made a new friend.
Then she gave me this smile. It made me happy, and I even felt a little proud. I'm not going to lie.

KATHERINE, #SeattleAntifreeze, pt. 50 I'm not going to lie. Katherine can be crotchety. When she was running late and I...

Posted by Monique Ming Laven on Wednesday, June 22, 2016

After the Aurora Bridge crash, people in our area jumped into action, donating hotel rooms, blood, prayers, challenging Seattleites' reputation for being chilly (the "Seattle Freeze"). It inspired me to pass along stories of when we see people in the community coming together, or what I call #SeattleAntifreeze. If you know a story that should be told, let me know.

To read more stories, click on #SeattleAntifreeze.