“I assumed that life before me hadn’t happened; that your canvas was as clean as mine,” Author Kira Young wrote in a letter to her mother.
As children, we start our adventures unknowing of the entire lives our parents shared that led up to the birth of ourselves. We grow day by day not knowing what our parents think they’re good or terrible at, what they’re insecure about, what they do and don’t know.
“I once thought and expected you to be the bravest person I had ever known; to come to the world’s rescue when all hope seemed lost. I was mad when you couldn’t fix it all,” Young wrote.
Kira Young submitted a letter she wrote to her mother 6 years ago to ViBe Story Exchange to be turned into a short film by Cinematographer Stephen Miles.
ViBe Story Exchange is a group of arts-loving, community-focused project starters bringing together neighborhoods, businesses and artists to share life stories close to human hearts. Once the stories are submitted by Hampton Roads’ locals, they are passed along to artists. The artists select what stories speak to them and then turn them into their art form.
“I selected the story because it resonated with me,” said Miles, a cinematographer for Scribble Cinema and a Virginia Beach native. “I went through similar struggles with my parents. I placed unfair expectations on my mom growing up, and it wasn’t until I myself was an adult that I realized she was only human – that she was once young like I was and that she was still that same person.”
The short film by Miles features daughters and mothers of Hampton Roads who came out to participate in the creation of this film. This is ViBe Story Exchange’s fourth exhibit of local stories turned into art.
“My hope is that people will take the time to think about child-parent dynamics and honor their parents as people independent of their story of connection,” Young said. “When we allow space for compassion, open-mindedness, and forgiveness, love can win.”
When: Friday, September 2 (First Friday)
Where: Tenant E next to Esoteric (501 Virginia Beach Blvd)
Cost: FREE and open to the public!
Want to submit a story? E-mail your story to ViBeStoryExchange@gmail.com