I really just have to share this with as many people as humanly possible. I was dinking around on facebook (a rare event, I assure you) and I came across a beautiful video that a dear friend had posted on facebook. This is the video:
(Did you watch it? No seriously. Watch it. Don’t keep reading if you haven’t watched it. HEY! What did I say to you? Click play!)
First of all, I love Studs Terkel. Secondly, I think that these stories by themselves are beautiful and amazing – but these animated shorts add so much. They are so wonderfully and artfully done, and they grab my heartstrings and pull them right out of my chest. (Lastly, I posted this video to my facebook wall, so if you have already seen it, I apologize for my redundant redundancy.) The incredible nonprofit organization that put these gems together is called StoryCorps. They are dedicated to the oral tradition, something that seems to be getting completely lost over the years. It is a truly beautiful cause, and you should check out their website and all that they do. StoryCorps is putting on something called the National Day of Listening. The date is set for November 26th, the day after Thanksgiving, and it is taking place across the United States. If nothing else, it should inspire us all to ask our loved ones questions that we never thought to or never thought we had time to ask. They have a list of question suggestions (tee hee – rhyming) on the website. Check it out and learn something!
So, I was going to go into an over-the-top diatribe about cell phones and the internet and kids these days, but this blog is about love, so that’s where I’m going to leave you. This last video also from StoryCorps, and it is heartwrenchingly lovely. You might want to have some tissues on hand.