The right thing to do.

“… faith so that you can believe, confidence for when you doubt, courage to know yourself, patience to accept the truth, Love to complete your life.”

― Ralph Waldo Emerson

I woke up this morning with a feeling of excitement. Unusual for a Monday. But the eventuality of my trip south is taking shape and coming to life. All dates of travel have been confirmed, each Aunt and Uncle has responded to my emails with enthusiasm – They look forward to seeing me, have offered a place to stay, food, comfort, hospitality, and would love to revisit old stories of my mom and dad. I feel so grateful for their generosity of home and spirit.

I’m wondering if bringing a camcorder is too much. As much as I would like to be able to go back and watch these videos perhaps years from now – the idea of asking my aunts and uncles who are well into their 80’s to take the time to sit down with me and go through old stories, and do so while I film the entire thing? Awkward. Too presumptuous. Feels rude. A quick check of the gut says, leave the camcorder at home.

A handheld audio recorder, a tape recorder, does not seem too intrusive and might be just the compromise.

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