The Legacy of Presence

In her presence, simply no one questioned her purpose. She was, and will always be in our hearts, Kathryn Tucker Windham – Storyteller, Selma, AL … and she told stories; beautiful, rich, true stories.

Her stories vividly illustrated the balance she learned from her father and that was experienced in her presence: Listen … Learn … Laugh … Love

While her physical presence was terribly missed at the National Storytelling Festival, she was there. Those who knew of our special relationship (I was her handler at Festival; a title she gave me), were so kind with their words as they knew how much I was missing her. That seat beside me in our special cart was never empty. Whether it was another Teller or a participating Listener, I was receiving constant pulses of her love through them.

The thing I missed the most? Leaving her presence, even for a moment, and hearing her say, “I love you.”

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8 thoughts on “The Legacy of Presence

  1. Beautiful post, Jeff. It sounds like she was an extraordinary woman who touched many lives with her presence. I’m sorry for your loss and hope you find many smiles in your fond memories of her.

  2. Beautiful post, Jeff. It sounds like she was an extraordinary woman who touched many lives with her presence. I’m sorry for your loss and hope you find many smiles in your fond memories of her.
    +1

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