Run tell that


When you go through life you shouldn’t be hesitant to speak of your experiences. At the worst telling your story will be a teaching moment for another person who may be facing a similar situation. When you hold your tongue, you could be killing a dream or even taking the value out of history. We all are a part of history, whether significant or not, it’s a valuable piece of information.

Last week I sat down and talked to author Curtis Johnson about his book “Glimpses of Black Life along Bayou Lafourche” and his story got me thinking about my story. When he talked about some of the things he did as a child and said he put that information in a book that can be used as a historic timetable it lit fire in mind psyche. I began reminiscing about my childhood and the things my older brother and I did together. Not to say we did anything historic, but in the town I grew up in – Folsom – the things we did can be appreciated and reflected by most everybody else in the town.

As far as a book for myself, I may take a different approach then Johnson did and talk about the struggles of growing up a small town and fighting to overcome the standard and setting my own expectations for success. However the way I choose to tell the story or how the story gets told, it needs to be done. It’s part of our responsibility here on Earth: live, share and love.

There are so many people out walking the streets of Donaldsonville right now who are living history books who can tell you more about World War II or the Great Depression than any American History class can tell you. Why? Because they have lived those times.

The funny thing about it is that many of them don’t have the first college degree, but yet they know more about the economy than economic historians who spent 12 years studying research. That historian was studying 12 years for information the old man who lives down the road experienced in his first 12 years of life. Unfortunately those are the stories that go unheard. If we could document some of the key moments in our times more accurately and real, we would save lives and better yet, have a better depiction on how we were.

You have to tell the information you know. What use is it if it just sits in the cabinet taking up space? Share it and it will benefit at least one person, and if that’s the case the job is done. We just have to run tell that.