Tuesday, December 16, 2014

humans of new york.

"When I was 19, my girlfriend and I were going to study in Paris. Our boyfriends came to the docks to see us off. Right as we were getting on the ship, my friend's boyfriend said to her: 'If you go, I won't wait for you.' So she turned around and decided to stay. My fiance saw this and told me: 'I won't wait for you either.'

I said: 'Don't!'" 

Have you seen Humans of New York? It's certainly not new news, but every once in a while a post flits across my screen and I am captivated. The human experience is so wonderfully individual, and in this and it twists and turns and feelings, so totally connecting. Again, not new news. 

I loved this story above. I can imagine her telling this story over and over , I can hear the laugh that follows. I imagine her grandchildren seeing a glimpse of her when she was young and cherishing it.

My grandma - her twin is too - was a chronicler of stories, particularly of our families. She'd pass on stories of generations past, she'd write her own childhood memories, and she would compile books on books of photos spanning from the 1800s to our own baby photos. Every time I saw her, it seemed she was working on a new book for our father or our aunt or uncle or one of her grandchildren. Each photo was carefully captioned with her notes--narrations of the photo or a brief family history or simply the date and location. Her handwriting delicate and sloppy, her thoughts and her heart right there on the page. I loved listening to her share our history. She saw it as a collective history, moving forward with each generation. 

I love to hear other peoples' stories - small, but significant. I think, especially now in the wake of recent events and in the holiday season, it's important to take notice of these. To notice others, and to love. Be good to one another. Today and always.

image and quote via Humans of New York

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