The Story Goes On
by Steven H. Shussett
A recent comic strip shows a middle-aged man at his father’s bedside, asking for stories of his dad’s combat experience during World War II. “Sure,” the father says grittily, “You want to soak up stories of the greatest generation.” He goes on to criticize his son, who sits dumbfounded, until the father finally says, “Well, there was this time . . . .”
Each day, more than 1,500 World War II veterans die. Some of their stories are immortalized, either told privately to family and friends or more publicly to writers or filmmakers like Stephen Spielberg for his television series, Band of Brothers. Spielberg’s Shoah Foundation seeks to memorialize the stories of the ever-dwindling number of Jewish Holocaust survivors, while National Public Radio and the Library of Congress have joined together for the StoryCorps oral history project, where the lives of everyday people are recorded for posterity. The simple act of sharing a story has the amazing capacity to tie people (and generations) together.
What's so important about sharing stories? How can you start sharing and telling stories? Find out in the January/February 2007 issue of Horizons.
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Steve Shussett is the teaching presbyter of Lehigh Presbytery.
Photo by Fiona Hanson/AFP/Getty Images.
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