By Rev. Lori Ethridge
Minister to Senior Adults
In my time here at Marietta FUMC I have heard some touching stories from many members of the congregation. Just last week I had the pleasure of visiting Mrs. Gertrude Taylor (105 years young). She told me of growing up in the Great Depression. Once Gertrude and her siblings had begged their father to take them to the picture show at the De Soto Theater in Rome. On the return home to their rural community of Plainville, they passed Flowers Bakery. Gertrude nearly swooned as she recounted to me the memory of the sweet aroma of freshly baked bread wafting in the air. Since the family did not have enough money for movie tickets and treats from the bakery, her generous and obliging father turned the car around and drove back by the bakery just so all the kids could take another whiff. I thoroughly enjoyed the tender reminiscing with Mrs. Gertrude Taylor, and was able to tell her that the senior adults had visited that very theater the week before to see a live theatrical production.
I am reading a book called, Listening Is An Act of Love, with the forward by Dave Isay, the founder of the StoryCorps Project. In 2003 Mr. Isay began the StoryCops Project based on the premise that the tales of everyday people are as interesting and important as the celebrity stories which the media constantly spouts in the tabloids. By intentionally placing a recording booth in Grand Central Terminal in New York City, Mr. Isay provided the tools and the opportunity for ordinary folks to share their stories. Now, thirteen years later, there are satellite locations established around the country for the same purpose. In fact, there is a StoryCorps sound booth at the Atlanta History Center on West Paces Ferry Road in Buckhead. I would be so honored to accompany, to the StoryCorps sound booth at the Atlanta History Center, anyone who is interested in recording a memorable vignette. StoryCorps is a project about permanence in a disposable society, as the interviews are archived for posterity at the Library of Congress. According to Dave Isay, “If we take the time to listen, we will find wisdom, wonder, and poetry in the lives and the stories of people all around us.”
Please contact me at (770) 429-7800, ext. 7835 if you have a story to tell.
I am all ears.