Whilst trying to jot down today’s “must do” list, I also had half an eye on my FB news. Something grabbed my attention that I would love to share with you.
StoryCorps is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year. What’s Story Corps? I’m glad you asked.
On StoryCorps’ about page I found this:
“StoryCorps is an independent nonprofit whose mission is to provide people of all backgrounds and beliefs with the opportunity to record, share, and preserve the stories of our lives.
Since 2003, StoryCorps has collected and archived more than 45,000 interviews with nearly 90,000 participants. Each conversation is recorded on a free CD to share, and is preserved at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress. StoryCorps is one of the largest oral history projects of its kind, and millions listen to our weekly broadcasts on NPR’s Morning Edition and on our Listen pages.
We do this to remind one another of our shared humanity, strengthen and build the connections between people, teach the value of listening, and weave into the fabric of our culture the understanding that every life matters. At the same time, we will create an invaluable archive of American voices and wisdom for future generations.
In the coming years we will build StoryCorps into an enduring institution that will touch the lives of every American family.”
I love listening and I even own one of their books, Listening is an Act of Love which I took great pleasure in reading and plan to share with Avery this year. I’ll probably buy their new book Ties that Bind too, but nothing compares to actually hearing these people’s voices. Just regular everyday people we pass on the street, sharing their stories in a back and forth conversation. Stories from The Great Depression, Nazi Germany, 9-11 and Hurricane Katrina to being present when their mother passed away, the grief after a daughter was murdered during a home invasion and a story of a teacher who changed a man’s perspective with a very small gift are intermingled with many other stories of heroism, anger, love and loyalty.
I know a lot of you are thinking, “April is lots of things, but sentimental isn’t one of them.” That’s true to a great extent, but this is one of my sentimental indulgences like watching Beaches or The Notebook or Marley and Me.
I’ve put recording a story with someone at StoryCorps on my bucket list. I can’t decide who I would want to record with, probably my mom, but oh how I wish I had been able to do this with my Aunt Beverly before she passed. I know a lot of her stories, but to be able to hear her voice telling them again would be pure bliss. Gulp. Sniff. Sniff. Anyway…they travel from city to city facilitating and recording these moving stories, and someday I hope they will be close enough for me to be part of this wonderful project.
Until then I’ll just keep listening. It is worth your time to listen too, and you don’t have to wait until Friday mornings. You can go to StoryCorps.org anytime for a listen. Just try not to do it in public…or without Kleenex…or at least a bag of Oreos.