Holding On

Glouster, Ohio, by Andrea Morales, February 24, 2009.

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Holding On

by Andrea Morales
Southern Cultures, Vol. 26, No. 3: The Women’s Issue

“The boundaries of traditional documentary tend to encourage a certain rigid empathy. When I was learning, it seemed like an emotional calculus I would never master.”

While writing this from an isolation spurred by a novel corona-virus pandemic, I’m stressed for a million reasons. One is that I’m at my home in Mississippi when I am supposed to be in the maternity ward of a southeast Ohio hospital. Jameska had scheduled her induction on a Thursday so we could make a long weekend out of documenting the delivery of her third child and her life back at home. It’s how we’ve handled the major events of her life for the last eleven years.