I’ve considered reading The Never-Ending Battle aloud, but when Open Minds Quarterly republished the story in their Classroom Edition, I couldn’t think of a better celebration.
Except…the reading turned into one of the most publicly emotional things I’ve ever done. First, it took me 12 minutes of meandering to get to the point. I felt like I had a lot to explain before reading the story, to give it proper context. Maybe that wasn’t necessary, but I felt it was at the time and I don’t want to try editing or attempting this. Second, the story and the memories involved still have a considerable emotional impact on me. At first, I choke up and it’s hard to keep reading. But as I do, I slowly break down to the point that I’m openly weeping while reading it. I feel…a little embarrassed for being so open and raw. But thus far, the responses from my closest friends has felt oddly…empowering. They cried along with me as I read the story.
So, here we go. If you want to skip my introduction, go right to around the 12:30 mark when I start reading the story.