The Coven of the Spring, which will be published in September (we think) is a true labor of love. The main character, Crissy DeRosa, is based on the personality and energy of my daughter, Cara Bruinius, a truly remarkable young wife and mother as well as daughter. Cara, at an early age, began ordering us around–and we saw that whenever she would go into some sort of group situation, she’d wind up leading the group. As a freshman at Prospect High School, in Mt. Prospect, IL , she joined a Son City team at Willow Creek Community Church. After a few weeks, one of the leaders approached me and told me he was astonished at her leadership gifts. “I think I could follow her,” he told me. But they thought it silly because she was the youngest member of the team. Her gifts, though, led her to be a threat to the organization leadership and she left that group.
I remember when she as a fifteen or sixteen year old got a job at Marshall Field’s (now Macy’s) in Woodfield. She did very well, and one time, she got a table with a guy no one else wanted: he wouldn’t tip the servers. So, he got up and left, and gave her no tip. She followed him out of the store and calmly, but insistently, asked why he hadn’t left a tip. He gave her something, and began tipping the waiters.
But she’s always liked to function in the fashion of a personal Holy Spirit, too–flesh and blood incarnation of the third person of the Trinity, convicting of sin, directing the steps of others, inspiring. Rarely does it become obnoxious. When a jogging friend of mine, Brody, needed some office help for a few hours a day, I suggested Cara. She was an eighth grader at the time, and every time I see him, he likes to reminisce about her months in the office: answering the phone, working with clients, straightening him out, on and on.
I’ll write more tomorrow, and draw some things together.