“From the blackness of nothing to the brightness of everything. The sun came bursting over the horizon and a new day was here.” – Paul Hancock, The Writings of HANCOCK, September 1975
The Northfield School of the Liberal Arts has a year-end program called, Americana. It is an opportunity for students and faculty to summarize their year in some kind of fine art presentation. The 2021 theme was: “Gifts of Encouragement and Hope”.
During the pandemic we used zoom, adding a whole new dimension to the evening. But then, we had become acclimated to this platform using it four times a week for convocation first thing each morning. My spouse is on faculty and, during this time I was allowed to audit this one-hour daily session. It anchored our day.
From The Blackness Of Nothing
When the call for Americana submissions came out, Dr. Dave and I tossed our names in the hat. I wanted to simply read a piece of my father’s writing. However, it seemed better to have my husband read it in a male voice. I would do an introduction.
Ideally, we would have had Daddy read it, but to our knowledge, we do not have any of his writings read in his own voice. Of course, I can hear his voice when I read them. I see his facial expressions, hear him stumble overwords, and get frustrated over his perceived inadequacy to share his heart.
Still. I am grateful for the words, his words, we have. This presentation turned into a bit more than I envisioned. Dr. Dave decided to add video, which meant learning some new software, but the result was really good. Please enjoy the five-minute presentation here!
A complete compilation of Dad’s writings can be purchased here.
This is why I do stories: to honor my father and the gift of words he gave me. Happy belated birthday Daddy. We miss you.
My father was an Army veteran as well. His birthday always falls near this holiday. Thank yo to all veterans who served our country.
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