StoryCorps is an independent nonprofit whose mission is to provide Americans 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 30,000 interviews from more than 60,000 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.
As you may know by now, I'm kind of obsessed with learning the stories of people. People that I know and complete strangers, some of which I'll never get to meet. I could listen to them for days and never grow weary. Believe me when I say that all people - no matter who we are - just want someone to listen. Taking the time to ask someone about themselves and their stories is one of the most loving gifts that you can ever give.
I couldn't help but include the following StoryCorps story in my Valentine's Day posts because it's a real tear jerker - and contains some serious food for thought.
It's an animation done by the Rauch Brothers set to the story of Danny and Annie Perasa who were married for twenty seven years until he passed away with pancreatic cancer. The way that Danny spoke of and showed his love for Annie was just beautiful. See what I mean:
Pretty sweet, huh? Yes, I've got my ugly cry going on over here!
It seems that lots of times in life, we get too caught up in the notion of the depictions of love that one would find in a bodice-ripper romance novel or in the movies. Or the flowery kind that goes on line after line in Hallmark cards even though most of us would never come up with those exact words on our own. And it's easy to feel sad when our lives don't seem to match up to all of that. But in the end, love is more about how we weather the storms together and how we work to help each other along. When Danny talked about how Annie would tell him to put his hands on her shoulders each morning - that's love, you see.
If you're interested in sharing your own story or those of family members, neighbors or friends, go here to see when the StoryCorps booth will be in your town or how to rent equipment to record your own story for inclusion. And Nashville peeps, they're coming here in the Spring and those dates are at that link as well. To listen to more stories, go here.
Until next time,
x's and o's,