Friday, June 15, 2012

Tears on My Pillow


My, oh, my it’s feeling pretty maudlin over here these days, but these are sweet tears, I promise.

Every Friday morning we stay in bed long after the alarm has gone off and when we should be getting ready for the day, but it is worth it be late each week to hear StoryCorps.

If you’re not familiar with the project, StoryCorps records stories from everyday people talking about their lives and experiences. Each conversation is recorded and archived at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress. According to their website, they’ve archived more than 40,000 interviews from nearly 80,000 participants.

Each week on Morning Edition, they play a short clip from one of the recordings. It is usually two people interviewing each other, and man, are they tear jerkers. There was the one a few weeks ago about the WWII veteran who played the bugle for his battalion and was asked to play taps for all of the fallen soldiers after the war ended. He recalls the music floating out through the valley and hills. Oh lord, just thinking about it makes me teary. Or, the one about the young African-American boy who the police tried to stop from swimming in the country club pool in the 1960s and whose mother stood up for him trying to make a better life for him than her generation. I love the ones about couples the best. The ones about folks who have been married for decades and tell us what they’ve learned and how they appreciate each other or couples who found love later in life and are so thankful or the couples who have supported each other through difficult times. Those get me every time.

Every Friday we snooze away in bed, until we hear the signature music and Steve Inskeep telling us it’s time for StoryCorps, and then we both roll over toward the radio and hug each other tight and prepare to cry.

Do you listen to StoryCorps?

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