On Friday mornings, I look forward to hearing National Public Radio’s “Storycorps” segment. This little treat I enjoy during my morning commute is a showcase of stories told by everyday people about their everyday lives, which are touching and extraordinary. The stories are then archived in the Library of Congress.
They recently did a retrospectives of some of their special episodes, and followed up with the people to see where and how they are today. I heard the best Storycorps I have ever heard. It was entitled, “Never Say Goodbye: A Love and Life Kept Vivid.” The retrospective took us back to 2004. An elderly couple, Annie and Danny, told the story of how they met.
Annie read aloud one of the many notes Danny left for her every day, “To my princess, the weather outside is extremely rainy. I will call you at 11:20 in the morning. And I love you, I love you, I love you.”
If you do one thing today, go to NPR on Youtube and watch this piece, set to animation. I promise your breath will catch in your throat, or you will make an involuntary little moan, or you will just start to cry as though you are witnessing splendor in the universe. It is four minutes of sweetness that has the potential to change your day, maybe even your life.
It gave me comfort to think there are everyday people out there who live their love in every little thing they do. Their innocent actions make the world better. Danny and Annie have a love that permeates the very fabric of space and time. It sounds corny, I know. But go listen to it and you will understand.
Storycorps recorded another segment on this couple two years later. Danny was living with a very lethal cancer. Annie cared for him. Selflessly. Tenderly. He said, “She lights up my life. . . just by asking me “wouldn’t you like a little ice cream?” Or “would you please drink more water”. . . I mean, those aren’t very romantic things to say, but they stir my heart.”
It made me think. When was the last time someone lit up my life just by asking me a simple, everyday question. Or more precisely, when was the last time I allowed my life to be lit and stirred? Furthermore, when was the last time I did something to stir someone else?
Of course I got to work and immediately texted my husband to tell him I loved him. It wasn’t as good as something Danny would have written, but I had good intentions.
Some blogs do giveaways and special gifts to their readers. That’s nice, but I’m not going to do that. At least not materially. My gift to you is to encourage you to go and read this piece, listen to or watch their story, and be awed and inspired.
Or maybe you won’t like it and you can quietly exchange my gift for something else.
What did you think of Danny and Annie’s story? What have you done lately to show your love?