Thursday, August 26, 2010

Bigger Picture Moment: {Preserving "I Love You"}

Have you ever heard of StoryCorps ? It is a nonprofit organization, founded in NYC in 2003 whose mission is to provide people with the opportunity to record, share, and preserve the stories of their lives. Over the past 7 years StoryCorps has collected and archived more than 30,000 interviews from more than 60,000 participants all around the country. Each conversation is recorded on a free CD to share, and is preserved at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress.

The heart of StoryCorps is the conversation between two people who know each other and are important to each other: a son asking his mother about her childhood, an immigrant telling his friend about coming to America, or a couple reminiscing on their 50th wedding anniversary.

While they are based in NYC, they have locations in Atlanta and San Francisco, and mobile projects that travel around the country...maybe you have heard of them, or maybe you have even recorded a story.  Perhaps you have heard some of the interviews that are broadcast on NPR every Friday morning...they can be quite moving.

One of their new initiatives is the creation of a series of animated short films set to audio taken from actual recorded interviews. I am posting this one today because I found it so beautiful and inspiring I had to share.  I hope you will find 5 minutes to watch and listen to the love story of Danny, an OTB clerk, and Annie, a nurse, as they remember their life together—from their first date to Danny's final days with terminal cancer.  It reminds me of how important it is to enjoy each day and not forget to tell the important people in our lives just how much we love them.  (it is best to watch in full screen so you can read the words, just click on the arrows on the right side of the gray bar on the bottom, to the right of the letters "HD").  Warning, it made me cry a little.


Check out other Bigger Picture Moments over at Life Set To Words.


16 comments:

Christine said...

I love this concept! What a lovely gift to ourselves and to those we love. Now if only they were in Canada. :-)

cristina said...

oh my goodness, I can't stop crying, thank you for sharing this

Louise said...

what a beautiful organization- thanks for sharing.

Ashley Sisk said...

This is great...although I can't listen now. Can't cry right now.

Young Mom said...

Bookmarking this so I can come back to watch it. Thank you for sharing it!

Robyn said...

Thank you for sharing this.
Great video and a wonderful concept.

best wishes
robyn

natty. said...

That was so touching. Thanks for sharing it.

Maegan Beishline said...

That was so beautiful...and yes, touching, exactly! Thank you for sharing this with us, Christy! And what an amazing project!

Corinne said...

So beautiful...

Virginia said...

Criminy! I'm sitting here with tears streaming down my face from that one.

Thank you.

Amber said...

I have listened to a few storycorps podcasts in the last month and really enjoy them. In fact, I believe I listened to this one just recently! Beautiful reminder, thank you!

Brooke said...

What a nice concept, I had never heard of storycorps before...unfortunately I am plagued with a super slow connection and will have to come back to give it a listen when I get to utalize my mother-in-law's highspeed! Thanks for sharing!

Buckeroomama said...

My little girl who's sitting on my lap as I watched it, asked, "Mommy, why are you crying?" =) That was so beautiful... thanks for sharing.

Hyacynth said...

I'm bookmarking that site so I can watch it tonight after the boys go to bed. This sounds like such an awesome project. I'd never heard of it, but how wonderful to capture the most meaningful of things in life -- conversations. Thanks for sharing!

Faith said...

This was so beautiful and touching. Truly a wonderful concept. Life is so short, you never know what tomorrow brings. I couldn't agree with you more about the daily "I love you," even on those days when the hubby and kids are driving you crazy :)

Thanks for sharing!

heather said...

i am going to listen to this, but if it's anything like the one i heard last week: i need to find some kleenex first. i was getting ready for the day while listening to a man who had been diagnosed with alzheimers and his wife. he talked about being in love with his new grandson, and she thanked him for the privilege of being his caregiver. needless to say, i had to reapply all my makeup.