Jade was 'working' Central Avenue, seeking donations for the ROTC program at Gibbs High School. The goal is for the ROTC program to attend a Drill event in Washington D.C., in December. The team would get to tour the Capital, go to Mall of America, and compete in a drill competition. The Mall of America is not the national mall, but a group of stores. I made a modest donation.
When I explained 100 Strangers, Jade had no reservations about being photographed. But my usual headshot doesn't show her predominant feature. She was on crutches, with a 'boot' on her left foot. This was a ligament strain – an ROTC accident. The boot will be on for 6-7 weeks.
I asked if she'd be ready to make the trip. “Yeah, I think I'll be able to go, but not drill.”
“Hey, that's not so bad!”
“No, as long as I get to go to the mall.”