Portrait Project, Day 30. Jenna

Her voice.  

As she explained about the layout of the memorial to the other couple standing nearby, I turned and listened.  At first, I didn't know what was so intriguing, it was just a ranger talking to her guests.  Then when she and I started chatting, it hit me.  Her voice did not match the body it was coming out of.  We are so conditioned, aren't we?  To put a raspy, harsh voice together with a weathered face; a smooth, soft voice together with a clear, slender complexion.  Pretty much everything about her screams "man".  I mean, look at those hands!   Yet, she has the most beautiful, soothing, inviting voice one could imagine. Jenna has been working as a ranger her whole life, she's been at the Jefferson Memorial just a few months.  I can see why she loves her job... Not only does she get to speak to scores of people every day, but in that she gets to hear her own, melodic voice, reminding her perhaps in some intrinsic way that she is that beautiful song. 

Jenna.

Jenna.