Francesca grew up in the San Fernando Valley, and graduated from Burbank High. She didn’t tell me when she got her first tattoo, but she was covered in all sorts of colorful ink. From the vampire bites on her neck, bleeding red blood to the bright green skull apple on her hand, I was intrigued to know about which one was her favorite. “I have two zombies on my leg.”
She didn’t show me the ink, but told me her brother, who is a tattoo artist, created them as a memorial to their parents who had passed away. I would come to discover she loved zombies. When I asked her why, she told me, “Because it could happen one day.” I asked her if she really believed that a person could rise from the dead. And she said, “No doubt.” Boy, what a minister could do with that! Even though the door was open to proselytize the Christian faith – which has stories of zombie (Matthew 27:52) – I let it go.
Speaking of open doors, when I asked Francesca to tell me a story about herself… “you know, one that you’d never tell your kids but had no problem telling a total stranger.” She laughed and told me about a time in her 20’s she jumped out of a moving car! Again, I was intrigued and needed to know more. Here’s the gist, she was drunk, having an argument with her boyfriend, was a bit dramatic, and simply opened the door and rolled out. No broken bones, but lots of bruises and scrapes.
Thanks to that story, I have a better understanding why Francesca is so tough – or at least acts that way behind the counter at AutoZone. I have seen her in action. She takes no guff from the other employees. I suspect her home is no different. However, while enjoying her break (where she watches zombie shows) we laughed. She has a great smile, an easy-going personality, and had no problem helping me reach my goal. She might be number 3 of the people I met, but so far her story is numero uno.
An ex-copywriter turned punk rock pastor and peacemaker who dedicates his life to making the world a better place for all humanity.
"that they all might be one" ~John 17:21
“Prius vita quam doctrina.”
~ St. Thomas Aquinas (1225–1274)
* “Life is more important than doctrine.”