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.”