Whether I have been speaking with a book club consisting of a handful of members, or addressing a room with hundreds of people, the highlight of every presentation and book signing is the ability to share stories. A young man of 11 shared his interest in stories about World War II. A woman of 92 years told me about growing up during the Great Depression and the war and the hardships on her family. Her only regret was that she had not taken the time to write her family’s story. The stories rendered most often are centered on the love of family.
“Anyone with a heart, with family, has experienced loss. No one escapes unscathed. Every story of separation is different, but I think we all understand that basic, wrenching emotion that comes from saying goodbye, not knowing if we’ll see that person again – or perhaps knowing that we won’t.” Author Luann Rice.