I recently finished a new book by Jeff Zentner, In the Wild Light. A line caught my attention where a grandfather in the story said "stories told just become ordinary."
I believe in the power of story and the strength of the ordinary, so what exactly did he mean? As I read on, I realized he meant that some stories are meant to be untold for fear of becoming ordinary.
One of the characters in the book, Delaney, has a conversation with the main character's dying grandfather. Delaney tells Papaw what is on her heart and never reveals it to Sawyer (until the end!).
This story reminds me when we keep those untold stories tucked inside our hearts, they become extraordinary. Like...
- that first kiss
- when he asks you to marry him
- when you sit and watch her sleeping in your arms
- when he looks up at you and says, "It's a boy."
- when she looks at you with those distant eyes, and you know she remembers who you are