This is another edition of Friday Dance Party on Acorns On Glen. It’s the time where we give thanks for making it through another week and for being alive and present here on Earth. How do we celebrate another week of living? We dance. So, are you alive this Friday? Are you and your family safe and sound? Take a few seconds now to be in the moment and realize what a great life you truly have. Did you give thanks for that?
Good, now let’s dance.
Almost every Friday at 8:30 AM Eastern time, I am in my car driving to work with tears in my eyes. Many times the tears spill out. It really is not the most optimal way to drive a car. Right on schedule, it happened again this morning. Why you ask? The answer is that I am listening to StoryCorps, which is a regular feature on National Public Radio. StoryCorps is an independent nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide Americans of all backgrounds and beliefs with the opportunity to record, share and preserve the stories of their lives. Since 2003, StoryCorps has collected and archived more than 30,000 interviews from more than 60,000 participants. Each conversation is recorded and then 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 weekly broadcasts on NPR’s Morning Edition. StoryCorps does this to remind us 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, StoryCorps creates an invaluable archive of American voices and wisdom for future generations.
The one today really hit home in so many ways. A man was being interviewed by his friend about the loss of his partner 14 years ago on December 2, 1997. At the end of his short interview, he told a story about him and his partner with so much emotion in his voice that it was hard to listen. However, it made me think that even though a loved one may leave you here on Earth, you will always have strong memories like the man on StoryCorps that keeps a loved one alive in your heart forever. These strong memories are probably the only things you have that keep you from cracking up when you deal with such a loss. Memories enable you to move on and get on with your life. Here is what he said:
“I have this memory of looking out our bedroom window,” he says. “It was a night with a lunar eclipse. We looked out and watched the lunar eclipse together. I remember thinking that it was the last one he would see, and we would see together. I remember, I don’t know what I said, something stupid, and made him laugh.” “And I just loved, loved, loved hearing him laugh.”
Sometimes on Fridays, we have to give thanks for our lives and dance with a little bit of a heavy heart. This week, let’s do that and dance to “Without You” by David Guetta with Usher. It’s for Chris and Coda and their story on StoryCorps. Let’s give thanks that we are alive and safe. Let’s also remember to make the type of memories that last more than just one person’s lifetime. Have you ever listened to StoryCorps?