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The power of storytelling

Posted: June 15, 2014 2:00 a.m.
Updated: June 15, 2014 2:00 a.m.
 

One regular day on the job, I was sitting on the couch of a Saugus resident’s home, watching her two young children show off their new toys. Lit with excitement, they pulled out their best pink bows and fire trucks to impress their mom’s new friend. They looked so happy – except for the slight pallor of their skin and tiredness behind their eyes, you never would have guessed they were sick.

As their mom shared every difficult detail, I dutifully scribbled in my notebook, taking every word with pain. With stalwart, maternal strength, she described doctor visits, a powerless search for diagnoses and months of illness. She was taking this better than me!

I have always loved storytelling – listening to the way words can recreate emotions with just the right string of descriptors, or instill understanding with a candid, spot-on phrase. I am so captivated by the power of words that I have made it my job to help tell others’ stories.

In cases like this, the responsibility can be heavy. Entrusting their treasured experiences or moments of pain, regular community members constantly stun me with their extraordinary stories and ability to share them. And I am humbled.

Thank you for sharing your stories with us over the months – I have so enjoyed being a part of your lives. And being on the other of the storytelling has been both inspired me and enlivened me – every Sunday.

How has storytelling changed you? Maybe you have an untold story inside you. Who has amazed and humbled you just by taking a peek into their daily lives?

Don’t worry about how polished your story might be – we’ll help!

Send your stories and photos to: ourcommunity@signalscv.com.

Kirsten

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