Lauren’s guitar was in its case when we walked up, but it wasn’t long before she was coaxed to sing us a song. Her voice was melodic, pure and lovely, without a hint of the shadows cast over her life — drug addiction, declared mental incompetence, loss of custody of her daughter Jeshua to her mom, 65 lbs weight gain caused by her bi-polar medication, disability, and sexual assault.
But Lauren has a plan. She’s kicked the drugs and is on her way to see her daughter for a week. After that she is back to school and part-time work. She has an appointment with a doctor to address the mental illness and is starting to attend a southern baptist church on a regular basis.
We owe Lauren a debt of gratitude for the most poignant moment on the trip. It was pure poetry listening to her sing and play the guitar at the Citgo which served as Hickory Greyhound station even though the Citgo was in the town of Conover.