Daisy by Maria Frick
I met Daisy several years ago in beautiful Marblehead, Massachusetts. At a party with more than 40 guests where I knew no-one but the host, and him barely, Daisy was a refreshing acquaintance. When I heard she’d studied theater in Germany, I knew immediately that here was a woman who was not satisfied with the average, who did the unusual. It turned out that Daisy lived about 5 minutes from my house in Brookline, but in those early years of our friendship I met her maybe once a quarter. Her life was a whirlwind of activities, rich and full and charging forward. One day, I wanted to invite her to breakfast and ended up with an accidental house guest insteadwhile Daisy went to play tennis. The house guest of course was no less than a movie director who had been visiting for Daisy’s yearly Academy Award Party.
The arduous belief in the things she does-be it tennis or swimming, sign language or screen writing-is manifest in the vigor and energy this woman commands. It is embodied in her presence: it is impossible to listen to her voice, to sit facing her without being on fire, without feeling alive and passionate. She manages to strike a chord in me, echoing my ideas, but giving them shape and perspective. Her laughter is contagious,loud and clear and full of genuine joy. Whatever you ask her, you will get a straightforward answer, a strong opinion one way or the other. To me, a foreigner in this country and not at ease with many aspects of its society, the life experiences of this woman nearly 15 years my senior have been and are precious and invaluable.
And it is Life that Daisy knows so well to embrace. An avid traveler and free-lance writer, her mind never stands still. She is always off to another part of the world, if only in her dreams. And she shares her experiences with frankness, without pretense. One day, I found myself at a Pro-Choice demonstration at the Arlington Gardens with her, stupefied.Â It was the year that Ross Perot appeared on the scene. Nobody could have been a better teacher than Daisy, explaining everything from national politics to local talk show hosts, the woes of this country but also its greatness. She knows to look within, to listen and observe, but will always reach out,giving and taking, learning from and enriching the world around her.
She found the time to marry and buy a house but the spirit in her hasn’t changed. Always on the look-out for the unconventional, she would rather cross the Atlantic on a freighter than fret about fixing up the house. It is not only her spirited lifestyle that I admire, but what got her to where she is:the courage to quit her full-time agency job and launch a free-lance writing career. Daisy is the ultimate proof to me that it is possible to succeed as an artist, to do the work you love and earn a living too! She will probably tell you that it is not always easy, that she sometimes takes on assignments that she’d rather not, but all in all she is managing well, an incredible inspiration to others to follow their calling and listen to their heart.
Maria Frick is a German linguist and would-be writer. She is paying her bills by managing localization projects in the high-tech world of Silicon Valley. Otherwise, she is dreaming about following Daisy’s example — if only she could summon the courage.
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