Outside the downtown central Buffalo and Erie County Library, this StoryCorps MobileBooth parks until August 23, listening and preserving personal histories, including ours. (Here's the schedule of tours, in case you're interested in a location near you.) (Many thanks to local sponsor WBFO! Here are some local stories.)
I mentioned in previous post that participating in StoryCorps was a dream, and I never took any affirmative action to realize this dream until I read a library announcement that the MobileBooth was in town. When I signed up for an interview slot, my first thought was to interview Dave about his father who was ill with cancer last year and passed away in February. Certainly, there are countless other potential interview subjects and topics, but I intended this to be a gift to Dave and to ourselves.
The telling of a story is as much about the storyteller as it is about the subject. Woven into the story of Dave's father Gerry were stories about ourselves. The nature of our stated topic was emotional and intense, but I didn't expect my voice to crack almost immediately! And Dave said afterwards that he didn't think he did a good job, although I told him that I wholeheartedly disagreed on that point. (Georgia just sat and listened until she was bored, then she read her book.) So despite our personal feelings of wanting to do more and better, I think we tried our best to tell the essence of a family story in 40 minutes.