The idea of meeting other women on campus is always of interest to me. I’m a storyteller, and I love to hear the stories of others. And sometimes, I write about them. The idea of a scarf is also significant to me because I wear scarves all the time, and each one carries a memory for me.
As I met the first woman for the exchange, I was fascinated by her background and why she came to UD, what she loves about UD, and why she was doing the journey of the traveling scarf. Oddly enough, while I’m old enough to be her mother, we had so much in common. I hope to see her again.
The other young woman I gave the scarf off to also has a fascinating background: her parents are from Venezuela and now live in Cincinnati. Her story of why she came to UD, what she loves about UD, and why she was doing the journey of the traveling scarf mirrored the older woman and me. I could have been this young woman’s grandmother.
The reality is each of us has a story and each of us has a commonness in our womanhood. What a gift—to have the ability to share and tell our stories to a complete stranger and walk away blest in our womanhood.
Editor’s note: Eight scarves are connecting 87 University of Dayton women. Each woman will spend a day with the scarf before meeting another woman and sharing the scarf with her. After this exchange, each woman will reflect on her experience during her time with the scarf. This post is the third in a series.